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Well, I pulled the trigger today and ordered the DeWalt DW735X for less than $500 at Factory Authorized Outlet - Your Source for DeWALT tools and accessories at low prices!. With the $25 discount it was $475 + free shipping. That is the best price out there. If anyone is thinking about the DeWalt check it out.

The 735X has the in feed and out feed extensions with a set of extra blades.

After Black Monday the price went down more. Wonder if they are getting ready to release a new model.
 

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that is a fantastic price and your going to love the planer!
i got mine several years back with the Home Depot fiasco pricing for a few hundred bucks.
i bought the exhaust hose kit which works really good so you might think about that?
 
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Congrats. Seems like everyone who has one loves it. I really like how well they did dust collection on this unit. The only negative I have ever read is not being able to sharpen the blades. Let us know how you like it.
 

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I agree, it's a great planer. Mine is about 10 years old now and I'm very happy with it, but don't expect to carry it very far, even though it has handles on it. That sucker is heavy!!!

I do all of my planning outside my shop and have very little space to store the planer inside. To solve both problems I bought a miter saw/planer stand that folds into a hand truck shape with the planer still attached. I store it in the corner of my shop standing on it's end and wheel it outside when I want to plane something. Gas cylinders in the stand help to lift it to working height where it latches in place. When finished using it, I lift the stand slightly and unlatch it, then lower it down into the laying down hand truck configuration, pick up the handle and wheel it back into my shop where I again leave it standing on end in the corner. The stand that I have is a Delta, but the DeWalt version now out seems to be the same design, but better built than my Delta version. It's a DWX726. I have the exhaust hose chip collection accessory with the fabric barrel cover and it works very well (if the draw string keeps it on the barrel), but when I last checked, these were no longer available. It's the DW7353. They are worth every penny if you don't have a shop chip collection system or do your planning outside like I do.

I had to make a plywood adapter plate to go between my Delta stand and my 735 planer because the mounding hole patterns didn't match. I made it from 3/4" birch cabinet plywood, drilled holes in it to match both hole patterns and then bolted it into place. The T slot rails on the Delta stand were too close together for the mounting hole pattern of the planer, but they are probably right for mounting a miter saw. The adapter was an easy fix and it works well. The DeWalt DWX726 stand may not need this.

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Congrats. Seems like everyone who has one loves it. I really like how well they did dust collection on this unit. The only negative I have ever read is not being able to sharpen the blades. Let us know how you like it.
The only other negative is the noise level if they are hooked to a dust collection system in the shop. Seems as they are louder than when without the DC connected.
It has been suggested that the added air flow from the DC plus the blower on the planer causes a siren effect.
Out side , no problem with the noise.
Otherwise operationally they are a great little planer.
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For several years the 735 has come in at top spot in Fine Woodworking's planer tests. I was looking at the pictures of the various models in the last one and the runners up, the DW 734 and a Ridgid appeared to be identical machines. The also rans also appeared to be the same machines one to the other. The 735 was unique so it has been designed better than the others.
 
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Welcome to the forum Kevin.
 

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I guess if I am going to buy one I should take advantage of this deal. I have not seen them cheaper.

I have found an old Powermatic 18 inch planer 1968 for sale at about twice the price. It runs but needs a little work. I have the time. Decisions. Decisions.
 

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Yes, Welcome to the forum Kevin.

Thanks everyone for your input and comments. I will be doing the planning outdoors like Charley. As far as the noise I have recently added mickymouse ears to my earplugs. Adding that second level of protection really helps.

Charley, I will look into your suggestion about the mobile truck/stand. A hundred pounds is a bit more than I want to try to handle. If I was a young-buck again I wouldn’t sweat it.

I will post a comment on the blades when the planed gets here (Feburary), and I have used it. I have a considerable amount of cherry wood to plane (see my avatar). That should test the blades.

I still am wondering about the cheaper price than the Black Friday/Monday deals. They must be trying to move the stock out. Either for the year sales totals or they are coming out with a new improved version. Either way I wouldn’t be surprised to see the price drop more as we get closer to Christmas. Any thoughts on that?
 

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I have the exhaust hose chip collection accessory with the fabric barrel cover and it works very well (if the draw string keeps it on the barrel), but when I last checked, these were no longer available. It's the DW7353. They are worth every penny if you don't have a shop chip collection system or do your planning outside like I do.

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I found the collection system on Toolorbit DeWalt DW7353 Chip Collector for the DW735 Planer
though I think I will make one myself. I have made two custom fitted canvas boat covers. This will be a piece of cake compared to the boat covers.
 

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Steve, I also really like my 735. I put on a shelix head on it, purchased from

https://www.holbren.com/Byrd_Tool_B4725

It's not cheap, but in my opinion, worth every penny. I like the shelix so much I also added it to my jointer (6" Jet).
YIKES:surprise: I barely convinced >:) the wife to let me buy the planer. . . .

Thanks for the info, I have seen nothing but positive raves about the helix
 

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Steve,

Look at the ToolOrbit website again. Although it gives a price, up toward the left on the page it says that this accessory is not currently available. I doubt you will find a source for it anywhere. DeWalt seems to have stopped making them several years ago.

The internal blower in the 735 pushes the chips out at a considerable velocity. The accessory chip hose has a connector that twist locks onto the 735, so it stays attached very well. The only problem that I've had with this accessory is with the draw string that holds the fabric bag part to the top of the collection barrel, and it's mostly my fault for my choice of barrel. The barrel needs to have a significant lip around the top edge so the draw string can hold around it well. I'm now using a blue plastic 55 gallon barrel that has a significant top edge lip and haven't had any problem with it when using this barrel.

If you make your own, find a plastic 90 deg elbow that will fit the outlet port of the 735 and modify it to twist lock attach to the planer - one round hole on one side is for a spring loaded pin, the other needs to be L shaped to twist onto a fixed pin. The pin needs to be pushed in and then the fitting can be twisted to unlock it from the planer port. There is a grounding wire that connects the metal spring in the hose to ground it to the planer frame. It's a good idea to use this to prevent getting static shocks from the hose. The accessory fitting is a straight connection and it would have been better if it was an elbow, because the hose catches on the leading edge of the wood exiting the planer, if not held out of the way somehow. The hose part is nothing special, just very flexible internal spring hose, but it stretches and shortens in length easily, so it can be very short when stored or long, (about 6') when in use. The bag/bonnet portion that attaches to the barrel is a coarse filter fabric to allow air to easily escape through it, but keep the larger chips from escaping. The bottom end of it has a draw string, like a Winter jacket, with a cylindrical spring lock like is found on the bottom of Winter jackets to allow tightening the draw string around the barrel just below the top lip. If you want detailed pictures of any part of this accessory I can post them. The accessory collector works very well, if the draw string doesn't pop off of the barrel.

Some day I will find the right elbow and modify that end of my dust collector accessory so the hose no longer catches on the board being planned. Until then, I'll just lift the hose as the leading edge of the board comes out of the planer.

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I ordered my planer today. I could not pass up the low price. I got the extra $25 off. Thanks Steve.
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Your welcome . . . Let us know how much you like it.
 

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Thanks for the detailed info, especially about the elbow. It would be nice to find a PVC electrical elbow that size; the radius is considerably larger.
 

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I keep saying that I'm going to find a suitable elbow, but haven't done it yet. If you find one that can be used, please tell us what it is. I'm sure we could all use one. The PVC electrical sweep elbows would be ideal, if one fits, but I wouldn't rule out a PVC plumbing fitting. I used a rubber elbow pipe fitting on the output of my old and long gone Ryobi BT3000 and it worked quite well with an auto radiator hose clamp to hold it in place. Don't rule one of these rubber fitting out. Although not quite large enough, it stretched enough to fit and may work on the 735 too.

You really need some kind of collection system. Without one on my 735 the first time that I tried using my 735 just to test it inside the shop, the chips came out so fast that they hit the far wall. It will throw chips 15 ft or more.

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I keep saying that I'm going to find a suitable elbow, but haven't done it yet. If you find one that can be used, please tell us what it is. I'm sure we could all use one. The PVC electrical sweep elbows would be ideal, if one fits, but I wouldn't rule out a PVC plumbing fitting. I used a rubber elbow pipe fitting on the output of my old and long gone Ryobi BT3000 and it worked quite well with an auto radiator hose clamp to hold it in place. Don't rule one of these rubber fitting out. Although not quite large enough, it stretched enough to fit and may work on the 735 too.

You really need some kind of collection system. Without one on my 735 the first time that I tried using my 735 just to test it inside the shop, the chips came out so fast that they hit the far wall. It will throw chips 15 ft or more.

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I use a Thein chip separator ahead of my DC. A few times I've forgotten to turn on the DC, and the DW735 chip ejector sent chips through 15 feet of 4" hose, into the separator, lifted the lid and spit the chips another 12 feet to the garage wall. No telling how far they'd have gone if they hadn't hit the wall.

I should just put a hose on the planer and let it eject outside.

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