I ordered a copy of the 735R this morning. I have never tried a refurbished product before but from the reviews that I read it does not sound as though I am taking much of a chance. I am of the opionion that the planer is capable of much heavier use than I will ever use it for. The 734 was plenty adequate of my needs, but I am looking forward to the additional features of the 735. One of which is the vacuum or fan that sounds like it might make the DC work a little better. The 734, even with the DC operating, still spit chips out of the front, not bad but enough to be a little irritating.
The value of having two speeds is yet to be understood, but will have to just wait and see. One of the reviews on the planer was that the knifes on these planers don't last very long. In my case with the 734, the original knifes lasted me almost three years and were flipped over only after nicking them on some foreign object in a piece of pine. As I said earlier, I am not very hard on machines in regard to time used. I can imagine that in a commercial application that the knife issue could be and probably is an issue, in my case, it isn't and I doubt if it is for the majority of hobbist like myself. Anyway, looking forward for FED X to arrive in a couple days.