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The recent tornado that took part of the roof off of the shop and allowed everything to get drenched is now history, the roof is fixed but, the Dewalt 734 planer must have gotten moisture in it someplace that caused corrosion that caused the crank to bind up. I tried to free things up but over did it and the head ifted on one side and not the other. I forced it to much and broke something so...., now I'm in the market for a new planer. Will be talking to the the adjuster again tomorrow and will see if there is going to be coverage for the planer, I think that there is as the equipment in the shop as well as the shop is insured.

My questions is this, the 734 can be replaced for $399 including freight I think. The other option is to move up to the 735 witch is a couple hundred dollars more. I'm wondering if the price difference is worth it for me. I know that this is not a question that anybody can answer, but there might some opinions as to what some member thing about the the 735 compared to the 734. I have been completely satisfied with the 734, but have never used any other planer so I am not in a position to know the differerence.

I know that I probably can sent the planer in for repair, but I don't want to wait for the repain to be done and deal with the shipping both ways, I doubt that the cost of the repair and the shipping would be much less than the cost of a new machine.

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735 has the following over the 734:
1. auto cutterhead lock
2. 2 speeds great for hard to plane wood like hickory which will tear out easy
3. thickness stops (allows you to repeatedly get back to common thicknesses for consistent material thicknesses)
4. chip ejector blower
5. and more compact
6. But does cost lot more money almost 300.00 dollars

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As always with equipment upgrade questions is the money issue. An upgrade to a 735 is about $300 you say. Being in Canada I don't know what another say $600 would get you. I do know the 735 is highly regarded and based on my experience a good wood worker's planer.
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Hey Jerry

I had the Dewalt 734 and it broke in the middle of a project. Being that I have no patience I purchased the Dewalt 735. To me it is worth the extra cash.

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When I settled on my DW734, I looked closely between that and the DW735. The reviews for them put both machines on overall equal footing. (Note the 734 does have thickness stops as well) I elected to save the $200-$300 extra and went with the DW734, which I have not regretted.

Personally, if I were to upgrade now, I would really upgrade to a floor model planer with a helical cutter head.

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Just was looking at dewalt refurbished web page you can get a 735 for $477.00 now
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Jerry why not upgrade, and send the 734 for repair, then sell it and recoup the money for the upgrade? You would probably would not be out of pocket any more at all. Remember there is a service center here in Abilene and they are fast. Just a thought.

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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.

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I buy a lot of refurbished products from cell phones to tools prices are always lot cheaper I figure if you are buying a quality product you are safe usually has same warranty ,even the best products have some problems , and you know that the tool you bought will have been set on a bench and checked out, good luck with your new purchase
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