Our Reviews: Is the DEWALT DW735X 13″ Planer really the best?

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A bestseller on Amazon, the Dewalt DW735X is a clear fan favourite. 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.

Initial Impressions

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.

Build

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.

Great Cut Quality

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. 

Accurate Adjustments

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.

Dust Control

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.

Cons

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.

Recommended For

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 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.

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