13″ Ridgid Thickness Planer Review

The Dewalt DW735 planer is currently the benchmark for portable planers in North America. If you had been here and read about the planer you probably would have seen that it does not have the most stellar reputation and in most reviews by individuals and the various woodworking mags the DW735 is tops in its class for lunchbox planers. A complete heavyweight when it comes to wood planers, the DW735X can handle the toughest and the most uneven of woods.

I was blessed to find a new, sealed-in-the-box Rigid Planer on Craigslist for $200. Three knife cutter-head with 10,000 RPM provides 96 cuts per inch, one of the finest finishes of any portable planer. The DeWalt DW734 has few flaws, and many of them root from superior models from its own mother company, DeWalt. Another optional accessory I opted for was the DeWALT DW7351, 13″ folding planer tables. Getting access to the knives is a matter of using the included T” wrench that is conveniently stored in the top of the planer and removing the four screws that hold the top cover in place.

Having a wood planer handy allows you to modify your wood pieces right as you need them without passing instructions to another party and waiting for a result you can only hope matches what you had in mind. These mini wood planers also tend to be much more affordable than larger wood planers. I just put in a set of blades in my 735 that I had re-sharpened at my local sharpening shop. It will do just fine for your initial projects, but you will have to upgrade once you undertake slightly bigger projects ( Dewalt DW734 would be a good option then).


Makita is a reliable wood planer brand, and they produce a number of high quality portable and hand planers. When they designed the model 735 planer, the folks at DeWalt incorporated some of the best features found on existing benchtop planers. It didn’t take me long to zero in on one particular planer and that was the DEWALT DW735 After reading several reviews it was clear to me that this was a hidden jewel among the DEWALT product lineup. With the 734 and 735, I can see replacing them every 6-12 months depending on use. I’d been using my old Delta planer to bring the pieces to the final size, and get a decent edge.

Shipping crates, pallets and even junked pieces of furniture become valuable resources when you can find the nails reliably, take them out, then plane the wood into excellent lumber for small and medium-size projects. That was 2 weeks ago, i am still waiting for it, i have rang the shop i bought it from, they contacted dewalt and told me the new parts had just arrived.

Although there is no cutterhead locking lever or knobs, DeWalt seems to have virtually eliminated the snipe problem. The crank handle gets locked into place with a screw, tightened with the T-handle tool that resides right on top of the planer. After using the DEWALT DW735X on the oak, I noticed a very minor amount of snipe at one end of the cut. The typical hand held planer can even shave wood much better than a modern wood planer, and this is why many woodworkers keep them on hand.

On the top I have two chunks of 2×4 screwed down to the top of the dresser directly on the front and back side of the planer. Let’s take a look at this DeWalt planer and see what makes it such a great tool to have. Utilizing old or damaged wood pieces helps save on the cost of purchasing new wood for each project. There is a handy scale on the side of the planer divided into 1/32” and 1mm graduations. You will probably also want the extension tables, which are surprisingly solid, and either the chip collector or a dust removal system – the fan blower in the DW735 will throw chips straight across the room without one.

Again, the DeWalt #735 remained virtually chip free, something I could not say for my shop floor. Have had the wood jam a time or two, but in all cases it’s because the raw board was thicker on tail end than the end I fed and a slight adjustment as it went through was all it took. Hooked up to my dust collector and running material through the DW735 all day like this piece of 11″ wide Peruvian Walnut was effortless and there were no planer chips to sweep up and no dust in the air………….this is how planing wood was meant to be.