There is a used DeWalt 735 two speed planer that is available for $320. It is 2 years old. Should I buy it, or are there lots of things that could be wrong with it and not be noticible to the novice tool buyer? Any guidance on what to look for and should I test it some way before buying advice would be appreciated.
I'd say $320 is pretty pricy for any lunchbox style planer that's two years old. No matter how good the model is, and the 735 is a good model. That's just a bit high, in my book.
Assume the blades are dull, and I think that model replaces the blades rather than sharpens them, so count another 40-50 for a new set. Or at least 20 for sharpening the existing ones.
Most "portable" planers use rubber/urethane feed rollers that get slick over time. At the very least, they can be "revived" for a little while with a good scrubbing using mineral spirits. Eventually they have to be replaced, too.
The 3-knife cutter head is nice. My 734 has one and I am glad for it. I dunno how useful the 2-speed is. My thinking would be that feeding faster puts more strain on the blades and probably dulls them faster. I can't say that's the way it goes, just the way I think it would go. Anyway, I figure most folks just set it to the "finish" speed and leave it there.
It's a good planer, but for $360 (price + blades), you can still get a pretty dang good NEW planer complete with a full warranty and new blades already on it. The 734 is a dang fine planer, though I'm not sure how much it's going for these days.
It's only a good buy if your in the market for a portable planer. If you don't really want a planer, or if you really want a planer with an induction motor, I don't think the price is good enough to attract you to changing your mind in what you want.
I have the 735 DeWalt - it is IMO a very nice 'portable' planer. There are times I think I should have taken the next step and bought a planer with an induction motor - for not that much more money - but I have NEVER wished for a different 'portable' planer. IMO, it is the best of the portables, but not in the same category as any induction planer.
The blades are replaceable, not able to be sharpened, with cutting edges on both sides of the blades, they can be flipped. They can also be offest to negate a chiped blade.
Portables are slow, but the finish the 735 leaves on my Red Oak is unbelievable - no planer marks to sand out, a very nice smooth finish.
I do have to 'help' the boards feed through the planer - push, pull 'slightly' so they do not stop moving with the feed roller, not a big deal, but if you do not, you will have a tell tale mark in your board.
All the while I'm using it, I remind myself, it is a portable, with a universal motor, if/when the universal motor goes out, the machine is junk. IMO, the retail price, is too much to pay for a universal motor machine - something I did not realize when I bought it as much as I do today.
The blades are easy to check, I'll bet in two years they have not been flipped, and probably have good life left on the current cutting edge.
I'd buy the 2 year used for $320 before I'd buy any other portable.
If you do not like it, you can most likely resell for a very small to zero net cost.
By all means, bring a board and surface it before you buy.
That is a little pricey for 2 years of wear and tear. I have the DW 734 and that machine is a work horse. The 3 knife cutterhead is nice and leaves a nice finish. I have planed tons of wood with this thing.I'm sure the 735 would do as well but for $320, I would throw in an extra 30 bucks and waltz down to Lowes and get a brand new 734 with the warranty.
> That is a little pricey for 2 years of wear and tear. I
>have the DW 734 and that machine is a work horse. The 3
>knife cutterhead is nice and leaves a nice finish. I have
>planed tons of wood with this thing.
I'm very happy to hear that as I received a Dewalt 734 for Christmas. Only complaint so far is from my wife. She thought it was awfully loud when I turned it on in the living room. :)
>> That is a little pricey for 2 years of wear and tear. I
>>have the DW 734 and that machine is a work horse. The 3
>>knife cutterhead is nice and leaves a nice finish. I have
>>planed tons of wood with this thing.
>I'm very happy to hear that as I received a Dewalt 734 for
>Christmas. Only complaint so far is from my wife. She
>thought it was awfully loud when I turned it on in the
>living room. :)
Don`t know if there are any planers that aren`t loud,kinda their nature. Getting back to the used planer, sounds like the guy wants all his money back. I wouldn`t give over about 60% of new price or I would buy a new one of some brand. Everytime I have bought a used piece of equipment it hasn`t taken me long to figure out why the guy sold it, it useally don`t suit me anymore than it did him. Barry
Hi, I think the new ones are now about $420,still i would get a new one for that price,you don`t know went through it,and the blades might be close to being dull and then your out $50 and now are very close to a new one. Carl
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