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DeWalt DW735 Planer Review – Pros, Cons & Verdict

DEWALT Thickness Planer DW735

Editor Rating: 4.6/5

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Review Summary

If you have done any research into different planers and tools, you have almost certainly stumbled upon DeWalt products. DeWalt is known for its highly durable and useful tools that last for many years. For this reason, most users end up being loyal to the DeWalt brand for their highly durable and useful tools.

One of the more popular planers from the DeWalt manufacturer is the DW735 planer. This model is a semi-professional planer that is great for amateurs or more experienced users alike. It offers a high power motor, 2-speed gearbox, and a dust ejection system. Additionally, the knives are highly impressive, and the model comes with an extensive warranty and money back guarantee.

Although this model is overly impressive, it is a bit expensive and heavy. Those on a tight budget or who want an extremely portable model might want to select a different planer instead. Nevertheless, this planer is a great option for those willing to shell out a bit of cash and don’t anticipate moving their model a lot.

To find out more about the DeWalt DW735 planer, read on. In this review, we are going to look at the main specs and features of this product. We even offer you some advice mentioned by other users. Let’s get to it.

DeWalt DW735 – A Quick Look

The DeWalt DW735 is a semi-professional planer that is great for dimensioning and fine cuts. It comes with a powerful motor and two-speed gearbox, allowing you to get the precise cuts you need. Whether working with softwood or hardwood, this 2-speed option ensures that you can create the final product you want.

man using DEWALT Thickness Planer DW735

Although this model is a bit expensive and heavy, it is a great tool if you are looking for a more advanced planer for your professional use. Thanks to its impressive knives and dust collection system, this planer gears high power cutting abilities that are also durable and efficient. However, you may need to adjust the dust collection system on your own at home.

A great backing by DeWalt offsets this model’s somewhat higher price. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty, 1 year of free service, and a 90-day money-back guarantee. These features can help offset the price if you aren’t fully satisfied with your purchase.

Overall, this product is a great planer for personal or semi-professional use. It might be a bit too expensive for beginners, but it is a great tool since it will grow with you and is relatively easy to use, nonetheless.

Pros
  • 15 amp motor
  • 2-speed gearbox
  • Dust ejection system
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • 1 year of free service
  • 90-day money-back guarantee
  • Good for personal or semi-professional use
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • May need to adjust the dust collection system on your own

Specifications

Manufacturer: DeWalt

Style: 2-speed planer 13”

Weight: 92 lbs.

Dimensions: 24” x 22” x 19”

Power Source: Corded-electric

Head Style: Flat

Warranty: 3-year limited

Motor and Cutting Power

The DeWalt DW735 planer includes a 15-amp motor. This motor allows this tool to classify as semi-professional, making it suitable for cutting through hardwoods as well as softwoods. You will have your option between two cutter speeds due to this motor: 10,000 RPM and 20,000 RPM.

The cutting power on this device is pretty impressive. The three-knife cutter head and two-speed gearbox allow the did advise to deliver two speeds, 96 or 179 cuts per inch. You will use the 69 speed for creating dimension in the material while using the 179 speed for fine finishes.

This tool includes a maximum cut depth of 1/8-inch, a jet capacity of 6 inches, and a width capacity of 12½ inches. This makes it suitable for a variety of cuts and shapes.

Knives

The knives on this planer are also incredibly impressive. The three-knife cutter head allows the knives to have a 30% longer knife life than other models. The cutter head has pins machined on that go through the knife holes. This design makes it incredibly easy to change the knives, making it safer to use.

The knives used in the model are both reversible and disposable. It is thanks to this design that they have such a long lifespan. The reversible nature of them means you don’t have to waste time resharpening your knives on a regular basis. Instead, they are razor sharp and able to cut through just about any wood type.

DeWalt DW735X Material Removal Gauge

Dust Management

When cutting through wood, you have to be careful about the dust. The dust can injure the machine, making it have a shorter life. This model, however, comes with a fan-assisted chip ejection system. This system includes a motorized fan that breaks down debris and blows it into the dust shrouds included in the model.

One of the shrouds will disperse the chips onto the floor underneath. The other includes a vacuum hose connection or dust collector hose for ease of cleaning.

Size and Weight

The main drawback of this model is its size. Weighing in at about 92 pounds, this planer is heavier than a lot of other models. It will be more difficult to carry around and move for this reason. You should really expect to use this tool in one location unless you have an easier way to transport it.

With that being said, this model is relatively lightweight, given that it is a seat semi-professional planer. Many other models of this caliber are much heavier than The DeWalt DW735. For this reason, you might want to opt for this one if you are looking for a lighter weight semi-professional model.

Price

Another drawback of the DeWalt DW735 planer is its price. Even though the model is only semi-professional, it has a price tag closer to the professional category. Still, this price is offset by its 3-year limited warranty, 1 year of free service, 90-day money-back guarantee, and durability.

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FAQ

Is this model good for beginners?

Overall, this is not the best model you can get if you are just starting out. It is more expensive than most beginners should pay, and it comes with way more features than you will probably want to use. Still, the model isn’t all too difficult to figure out. So, if you want a model that can stay with you as you get better, then there is no problem shelling out the money for this tool.

What about the money value?

For a semi-professional tool, the planer DW735 is fairly priced, but it is a little bit on the more expensive side. You will need to expect to shell out a bit of cash for this product.

Even though the model itself is expensive, DeWalt makes sure their customers are satisfied with a good warranty. The tool comes with a 3-year limited warranty, 1 year of free service, and a 90-day money-back guarantee.

Is it durable?

Like any other DeWalt product, the DW735 is highly durable. The knives are especially impressive because they are razor sharp and have a 30% longer life than other planer knives. Additionally, the dust ejector also extends the life of a model as a whole.

What the Users Say

To make sure that we didn’t test out a fluke, we also looked on line for other people’s experience with the DeWalt DW735. Overall, most of the reviewers had the same experience as we did, although some others brought up some valid critical points to keep in mind when purchasing or using it.

Nearly all of the reviews that we read noted the power and precision of this model. Some reviewers even said that this product cuts as “smooth as a baby’s bottom.” Though we might not phrase it in this way, we would agree with this overall assessment of the tool.

Some users also talked about the durability of this product. Since we haven’t been using this tool for as long as some of these users, we find their input really helpful. Many users have been using this tool for over six months, and they are still just as pleased with it as they did when they first bought it. We are happy to know that this model lasts and performs long.

The one part of this machine that was frequently complained about is the dust ejection system. Most people noted that the blower itself worked very well, but the shrouds were not large enough to really keep up with the amount of dust being produced.

The user manual also advises against connecting the tool to a shop vac for faster woodchip removal. Many users found this incredibly annoying because they would get a clog in the system from how many wood chips were produced. Some people advise creating your woodchip deposit system for easier and more efficient cleanup.

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Conclusion

The DeWalt DW735 planer is a great tool for personal or semi-professional use. Its strong motor and 2-speed gearbox allow you to easily dimension and fine-finish wood. Although it is heavy and expensive, it is an excellent investment for an impressive and long-lasting planer. Just remember to pay attention to the dust ejection system, and you should be pretty happy with this product.

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