DeWalt 13" Benchtop Planer #DW735

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.7
out of 5
Brand:
DeWalt
Model:
DW735
Price:
$650

Description

• Powerful 15.0 amp, 20,000 RPM universal motor handles larger cuts in wider materials with ease
• Three knife cutterhead with 10,000 RPM cutterhead speed delivers 30% longer knife life and makes knife change faster and easier
• Two speed gearbox allows users to change feed speed to optimizing cuts per inch at 96 or 179 CPI
• Fan-assisted chip ejection vacuums chips off of the cutter-head and exhausts them out of the machine
• 19.75" cast aluminum base is 2x more rigid than a standard 10" base and folding tables
• Automatic carriage lock reduces the movement that causes snipe without the need for manual engagement by the user
• Material removal gauge and extra-large thickness scale deliver accurate cuts with every pass
• Extra-large turret depth stop allows user to return to most frequently used thicknesses with ease

WOOD magazine review

Best all-around planer—but get the extension tables

Review Summary

High Points: ↑ Auto-locking cutterhead and magnetic tool make knife changes easy. ↑ Three-knife cutterhead and two feed speeds produce superior cut quality (at slowest speed). ↑ One of only two tested machines (out of eleven) with an auto-locking carriage, which helps reduce snipe. ↑ A built-in chip-ejection fan clears debris better than any other machine in the eleven tool test. And it has 2-1/2" and 4" dust ports.
↑ Depth-of-cut gauge and thickness scale are accurate and easy to use. ↑ It comes with a 3-year warranty. Low Points: ↓ Power switch does not have a removable lock-out key for safety. ↓ Without optional infeed and outfeed tables (part #DW7351, $50), this planer snipes more than twice as much. More Points: → After slight adjustments, the preset thickness stops proved accurate. → Optional infeed and outfeed tables have side-mounted leveling crews, making it easy to all but eliminate snipe.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Very good, but not perfect

Review Summary

I was forced to replace a dead planer in mid-2011. After looking at all of the options for a so-called 'suitcase planer' I selected the DeWalt model. Its upsides are exactly as advertised. And the chip ejection fan is powerful enough to inflate my dust collection bag even with the DC still powered off and with the air moving through a second stage chip collection garbage can.
Chips do fly out of this machine with verve! Snipe, even with the extra infeed and outfeed tables is still an issue. I've spent some good amount of time (multiple times) aligning the tables even with the planer's bed with a machine shop-grade straight edge. But it's to no avail. Snipe is still an issue with this machine, despite claims to the contrary. Is that a deal breaker? Absolutely not. It's just a fact of life in the planer world, especially with table top models. The DW comes in at close to a hundred pounds. So mounting this planer onto a mobile base is a much better alternative for your back and shoulders than expecting to hoike it up and onto the bench from a stored location. The quality of cut is very good. And predictably, it's a real screamer. Hearing protection is mandatory. I would make the purchase all over again.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

good, when you upgrade the blades

Review Summary

I've used this planer for more than a few years now and it has worked well, if you replace the original blades that come with the machine and never use the factory replacements either. They dull very quickly and aren't worth the money. I finally replaced them with a set of Triton carbide blades and now I'm satisfied. Dust ejection is the best so it's a must for connection to a collector. For me this planer is a little to heavy for job site use .
Have not always been able to eliminate snipe yet, even with the optional in and out feed tables. I think if I had to do it over again I probably would go with a regular stand alone three horse planer.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Perfect in every way (for me).

Review Summary

I had done a lot of research on this and others before being allowed(by the wife) to spend the money on this one. Being the first planner I had I don't have anything to compare it to, but it seems to be perfect. I have heard a lot about the blades being bad and blade changing giving trouble to some. But these both seem to have been fixed it the newer built ones. I did have trouble when I first got it with the blades having a notch in them.
But after calling dewalt they sent out a new set with no trouble at all. So I guess I can also rate the customer service as great. I have only used this one for a few months, but have had no trouble at all with it. Down points would have to be the weight(no feather for sure). But if you mount it to a cart it is great. And the dust port didn't fit my shop vac hose real well. But with a little help works great.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Nice machine

Review Summary

Planes beautifully but the factory blades don't last long. I've ordered a set of tritons as replacement but can't comment as they haven't come yet. VERY heavy, but well built and solid and it now has it's own cart so I don't have to lift it ever again. The chip exhaust motor inflates my dust extractor bag as much as if it was turned on and it holds the thickness setting right on. Easy blade changes, no set up involved at all.
I'm also having trouble getting rid of snipe even with the optional infeed/outfeed tables. This planer is a replacement for a very well used Beaver planer so it's hard to say anything bad when comparing to the old guy. Dust port didn't fit well so a bit of modification required there, very clean operating when using a DC, no dust anywhere. Happy with my choice.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Very nice!

Review Summary

It has some issues with snipe but I think it's more me that the unit. DeWalt sent me a new set of blades and they are definitely better than the original ones but they still leave a little to be desired. I would buy this again it's a well built machine.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

My toy

Review Summary

As with any planer you have to deal with snipe, let me say by feeding in a sacrificial board first and then then one after another you and reduce snipe to a few thousands. I have and extended out feed so that helps a lot. the surface of the planed boards are 200 grit smooth. The ability to set repeatable thickness is great measure once and then go back to that exact setting over and over again.
This feature is wonderful The planer has lots of power and the power chip exhaust move the debris away for the cutter keeping them form marring the wood.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Works Like a Charm

Review Summary

Right out of the box, it worked like a charm. I love the ease of setting the depth and the easily repeatable settings. The dust control is fantastic. Planers are infamous for making a huge mess, but with the inboard dust fan on this unit and hooked up to a dust collector, there is nothing to clean up when you're done. When the knives are new they leave a beautifully smooth finish that hardly needs sanding.
They do wear quickly though, so I'll replace them with after-market carbide ones. But you HAVE to get the optional infeed-outfeed tables, otherwise the snipe is ferocious. Why they aren't included as standard equipment is a mystery to me. All in all, it's a great planer, I'm very happy with it, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Really smooth cut.

Review Summary

This machine is accurate and easy to work with. It's called bench top but it's really heavy so I bought the roller stand for it, that was the best idea I had all week. I've used it now for a couple years and still have not had to reverse or change the blades. Using the slow feed speed on the final cut leaves oak so smooth you hardly have to sand it. Ear protection is a must as there is a high pitched wine while in use.
This is a good purchase, although it is very pricey compared to other brands, and have recommended it to fellow woodworkers.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

The BEST

Review Summary

This is he best tool I own. It always preforms just as advertised!!

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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