I have a DeWalt 735 and am very happy with it, although it was a bit heavy to frequently move around by it's handles. I ended up putting it on a Delta chop saw/planer stand and this has worked out very well. It can now be moved around like a hand truck and set up quickly and easily. I do all of my planing outside the shop, so this stand makes the planer very easy to move and set up, plus it allows the planer/stand combination to be stored on-end in the corner of the shop when not in use. The 735 planer leaves an amazingly smooth finish in the slow feed speed and does a good job removing 1/16-1/8" at a time in the higher speed. It's best feature is an almost complete lack of snipe. I plane a mostly 2-4' pieces of exotic wood, so getting 6" stock loss from snipe on each piece was killing me with my old planer. With the 735 all I get is a barely visible line a few inches from the board end that can be easily sanded away. There have been complaints with earlier DeWalt 735 blades chipping and dulling quickly, but I haven't experienced this. I've done a lot of planing with my 735 and I'm only on the first edge of my second set of blades. My first set had no chips. They were just too dull to use anymore.
If you buy a 735 be sure to buy the chip collector hose or plan to hook it up to your cyclone. It comes with a removable chip exit chute, but this just serves to scatter the chips. When I first brought the 735 into my shop I just had to try it on something, so with it just sitting on a workbench in the middle of my shop, I ran a 2' piece of 2X4 through it. The chips came out so fast that they hit the wall of my shop over 10' away with a nearly level stream. It might be OK to blow the chips outside on a construction site, but in a residential neighborhood or inside your shop you will really appreciate having some way of collecting them. The DeWalt hose/trash can cover option works very well and is reasonably priced, but the trash cans fill quickly (check it often).
Last edited by CharleyL; 03-24-2011 at 09:47 AM.