Patience can be rewarded. Bought my DW735 when Sears stopped selling them, got it for under $350. Was 90 miles away, but i was able to buy online then pick up 2 weeks later when i was on my way to somewhere else. Sears Outlet still showed a few available a month or so ago, can't recall where. Ordered the Byrd Shelix from Grizzly last spring with a 10% off coupon. I'm less than $750 in for a first class planing job on a very mobile footprint. I don't care that it's a lunchbox, i can't imagine a finer cut quality. Yes, it's a 13" machine, but if i had a 15" stationary i still couldn't plane a 24" table top in one piece. And it tucks nicely under a bench.
Spare carbides are $35 for 10--each has 4 sharp sides (the cut skin easier than wood). 6 months with hobby use and i haven't rotated one yet. With the DW735 knives, and what i've done since the Byrd install, i'd be close to the end of life on both sides of a set of straight knives. The longevity between changes does help ease the cash outlay over time--but i sure didn't feel that way when i hit <submit> to place the order!!
Another example of patience--a 735 with Byrd Shelix sold on RF classified ads earlier this year, i want to say in the $600 range.
Great upgrade to a very good planer. Painfully expensive, but with outstanding result for me. Your mileage may vary!!