Updated: Sep 6
What is the difference between the DW734 model and the DW735 and is the DW735 worth the additional money?
Though a thickness planer typically isn't the hobbyist's first purchase, it will make a welcome addition to any woodworking shop. A planer's purpose is to create two parallel surfaces on a board. It can also be used to turn rough sawn wood into a smooth, workable piece with efficiency and ease.
DeWalt makes a few "lunchbox" style thickness planers at affordable prices that will last several years of heavy use: The entry-level DW734 and the suped-up DW735 and DW735X models.
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DeWalt DW734 vs DW735
As far as benchtop planers go, the DeWalt DW734 and DW735 are both great machines with their own set of pros and cons. In short, the DW735 is the updated thickness planer model of the DW734.
Both come with a 15 amp motor capable of 10,000 RPM at the tri-blade cutter head and are supported by a 4-post carriage lock (though the DW735 is a bit beefier).
DeWalt DW734 Thickness Planer
DeWalt DW735 Thickness Planer
Thickness Planer Comparison
Selecting between the two comes down to a couple things.
Do you need the additional width capacity the DW735 offers?
You can run up to 12-1/2" wide board through the DW734 - a half inch less than the capacity of the DW735 at 13".
Do you already have infeed/outfeed tables built?
The DW734 comes with infeed/outfeed tables, providing 33-1/2 inches of board support. The DW735 does not come with them (unless you upgrade to the DW735X), so you'll need a place in your shop to in and outfeed your workpiece to prevent (who am I kidding) reduce snipe.
What are you using for chip extraction?
The DW735 has its own built-in chip extraction blower fan. This thing rocks! There is no need to hook up a vacuum to remove dust and chips. The blower is so powerful that it is actually recommended by the manufacturer to not hook it up to a shop vacuum.
Chip extraction is the shortcoming of the DW734. It does not have a built-in blower fan, so this model requires being connected to a dust collection machine or shop vacuum.
No matter the model, you'll need a good chip collection setup to prevent dust, wood debris and fine particles from entering your shop air.
Are you willing to pay about $100 more for the newest model?
DeWalt runs deals often, so the price is always fluctuating. However, the DW735 is typically about $100 more than the DW734.
Do you need the ability to make nearly double the amounts of cuts per inch?
With a dual-speed gearbox, DW735 users can change the feed speed to cut at 96 cuts per inch (CPI) or sped up to 179 CPI. The more affordable DW734 is limited to 1 speed: 96 CPI.
Difference Between DeWalt 735 and 735x Planer
The DW735 is the same wood planer as the DW735X. The latter just comes with infeed/outfeed tables and an extra set of blades. That's it!
DeWalt and Amazon run deals on these machines often. Be sure to check the price of the DW735X before purchasing the DW735. In some cases, the DW735X with the infeed/outfeed tables is cheaper than the one without!
DeWalt Planer Comparison
Though all three models are great machines, there are distinct differences between them.
Depending on your budget and your capacity requirements, you can find the right planer for your shop.
DeWalt Planer Stand
DeWalt makes a high quality, compact stand (Amazon) to fit all three of their planer models.
It comes with casters to easily tuck it away when not in use. A single foot pedal locks it in place for storage or while in use.
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