A mid-budget planer, Dewalt DW734 is to go machine for small woodworking shops. Here’s our complete review of the Dewalt DW734 for 2017!
Like other bench top planers, this also houses a 15 AMP motor, with a cutter head speed of 10,000 RPM. This will allow you to work with slightly tougher woods if you are upgrading.
With standard Dewalt adjustment settings, you get accurate cuts as per your requirements. The extra-long extension tables give support to longer woods (33-1/2 inches). Overall this gives the impression of a perfect upgrade for your shop.
This planer comes with the standard Dewalt guarantee. No compromises were made in the build and every component is designed to last long.
The flat surface at top of planer can also support wood for faster operation while making subsequent passes.
Rigid Cast Aluminium is used to support the structure and overall we are very happy with the build, and it easily beats most Delta Planers of the same price.
The motor used gives 96 Cuts Per inch and is not as efficient as the one used in the successors Dewalt DW735 or Dewalt DW735X, but it still manages to give a clean cut. If you don’t feed hardwoods like IPE you won’t be facing any difficulties. It can breeze through Maple or Oak, and overall give a smooth finish on most wood types.
The knives used are reversible and disposable, but you cannot sharpen them, so if the cuts from both sides become dull, you would have to get new ones. The in-house knives on average last 6-8 months, but it depends more on your use. And yes, replacing knives, or flipping them over, is so simple, your 5-year-old daughter can do it. (But don’t cut your hand though, practice caution).
Overall, for a small shop which works on a small no. of projects, you would be satisfied. However, if you need to work on harder woods, we recommend going for the Makita 2012NB.
This comes with all the standard adjustment settings from depth stop, to removal gauge. You can accurately choose the depth, and the extra large scale makes reading more easier and cuts more accurate. The settings easily beat the lesser priced Delta 22-555, and spending 100 bucks more on theDW734 will give more accurate cuts.
Finally, the Dewalt DW734 works exceedingly well at reducing snipe, especially considering it comes under 400 bucks. The Four-column carriage lock holds the wood nicely, and this reduces snipe.
Further longer extension tables, reduce snipe at the corners. If you are upgrading from a hand planer, you must have concerns about sniping, and with the advanced technology used in this planer, you can put that worry to rest.
It is one of the noisiest planers out there. It keeps getting louder as you continue to work on the machine for longer hours. If you have a smaller shop, the noise will annoy you so buy good quality headphones.
Also with the amount of debris or dust produced, it is almost mandatory to get vacuum for your shop. The Instalment will be easy and the dust hood can easily connect with the vacuum.
If you have a small shop, or if you are upgrading from a hand planer this will be a great option. It has a powerful motor action, reduced snipe and better adjustment settings than most planer at this price.
A bestseller on Amazon, the Dewalt DW735X is a clear fan favorite. Here’s our complete review of the Dewalt DW735X for 2016!
Dewalt has been making quality power tools for quite some time, and this joins the same bandwagon. It is one of the more expensive planers out there and is the price justified, let’s find that out in our review.
With a 15 AMP, 20000 RPM motor it has all the power in the bank to perform as a complete beast.
Two-speed settings should give better control and you can both get a smooth finish and at the same time scrape out a lot of wood quickly.
The dust collection is well executed and with added extension tables, the problem of sniping will be minimal.
DW735X uses a 19-3/4” cast aluminium which is claimed to be 2 times more rigid than any other planer in the market. The design is well executed and the four screws on the edges give solid support.
The finish on the exterior is smooth and the plates are completely flat with the right thickness to support the heaviest of woods. The knives used are premium quality and last longer.
Overall, it is a well-built machine both from the inside and the outside.
Dewalt has used a more efficient motor that gives a cutter head a speed of 10000 RPM. This gives faster results and beats Makita 2012NB (with 8500 RPM) in terms of performance.
But more RPM doesn’t always mean better quality, and this model comes with more control to the user. You get 2-speed settings, one with 96 CPI and second with 179 CPI.
The second obviously scrapes more wood and you can quickly get the desired thickness with lesser passes. Speed 1 gives a much better finish and can be used for the final pass.
The knives are double-edged and changing them is a breeze. If the cuts start getting dull you can rub em with a sandpaper, however, you should get replacements once the quality deteriorates further and sharpening doesn’t work.
The extension tables (which separates the DW735X from DW735) reduces the snipe you get the cleaner cuts even at the corners.
You can get precise cuts with proper adjustment settings. Get your desired depth with a big wheel on the left. (1 rotation = 1/16th of an inch). The depth stop ensures that cuts don’t get deeper than what you desired.
Also, the gauge bar is full width (13”) so if you are using narrower woods you can pass them at any position. The automatic carriage lock further works to reduce snip.
With a fan-assisted system, the chips are exhausted out of the machine. This stops the cutter head from jamming and no dust is present on the fed wood.
But this will still create a huge mess in your shop, and it’s highly recommended to get a vacuum system to collect the dust.
With such powerful motor and cutting action, it goes without saying that the machine makes a lot of noise. You will need good quality ear protection.
Apart from that this planer is expensive. At the time of review, it is available at a pretty inexpensive price tag. This restricts if for a professional woodworker who works on projects on a daily basis.
But even then, is it worth the investment? Well, in your opinion Yes.
The smooth finish is comparable to the $2000 industrial-grade planers and with better control over the cuts, you can get more work done quickly.
With better finish, the value of your end-product will be higher, and with a 3-year warranty, you are protected from any faults that may occur.
Also, it comes with extra pair of knives included which normally cost around 50-75 bucks when bought separately.
But if you are hobbyists, we won’t recommend this and you should probably go for the Delta 22-540 or the Makita KP0810.