Dewalt DW735 13-Inch, Two Speed Thickness Planer
- Internal Dust Blower
- Smooth Finish
- Very Accurate
- Oddly Sized Dust Collection Port
- Feed Tables Require Calibration
- Large Crank Handle
- Cannot Fold up Outfeed Table
- Heavy for Benchtop Use
This is a powerful and very accurate planer with a few minor design failures.
At $599, the DW735 is on the high end of benchtop planers. Dewalt’s other model the DW734 is a compelling option at $399. However, in my opinion, the the lack of dust collection in the DW734 is a deal breaker.
Ease of Use
The DW735 is incredibly easy to use.
In my opinion, the standout feature on this planer, is the dust collection system. The DW735 comes with an internal blower fan mounted right on top of the cutter head. As a result, nearly all of the chips are collected and ejected out of the dust port.
Other planers, including the DW734 lack any dust collection. You will immediately regret this, planers make an incredible amount of chips. You can fill a 16 gallon can in 20 minutes of use.
Some people use the DW735 without any suction attachments. They simply pipe the exhaust port into a trash can with a screened lid.
The internal blower fan is incredibly powerful and can at times blow off any connection hose that you attach if you are not careful. As a result, smaller shop vacs may be quickly over powered by DW735.
I have been successfully able to attach my large Ridgid 16 Gallon Canister Vacuum to the exhaust port. If you do this, you need to turn on the vacuum first before turning on the planer, or the planer will blow off the vacuum hose.
Even with this design, I can fill 16 gallons of chips in 20-30 minutes. A larger dust collection system would be a more ideal solution.
Con – My one complaint about the dust port is that the port is odly sized. My 2.5 inch vacuum hose did not fit in the port without some modification. I had to sand out about 1/16 of an inch around the inside of the port before I could insert my vacuum hose.
If you purchase the feed tables, most boards can be sent through the planer without additional support. Sadly the feed tables cost more money. You can build your own supports, but of course it becomes less of a benchtop device if you do that.
Con – Another huge complaint is the design of the outfeed table. For some stupid reason, the outfeed table cannot be folded up into the vertical storage position unless the planer is set to cut at > 5 inch thickness. This is really high and means that I have to raise the planer several inches in order to put it away.
The height adjustment is accurate and simple. A single rotation of the dial will change the depth exactly 1/8 inch. The guide bar and ruler are easy to read.
Con – The handle for adjusting the height is unnecessarily long. The handle protrudes out away from the device and can easily get snagged on clothing or punch you in the kidney if you are not careful. The effort required to change the height is minimal and doesn’t require such a large handle, as such I make a simple new handle on my lathe and replaced this large plastic one.
Benchtop planers have become very common. Yet they all suffer from a common defect, they are too heavy for true benchtop use.
Con – The DW735 weighs in at a hefty and bulky 90 lbs. While I did move this a number of times by myself, I always felt like I was just moments away from injuring myself. As a result, I opted to build a flip top stand for my planer, making it no longer a true benchtop tool.
The DW735 is an extremely capable planer. The 13 inch capacity means I can feed multiple boards in at the same time. Similarly, the cutting head can remove an 1/8 inch in a single pass, or even more if that is your thing.
The planer is extremely rugged and well built. I am confident that it can be moved often without damaging the accuracy of the machine.
My planer arrived perfectly calibrated and has not needed any calibration in six months of use.
However, the feed tables arrived with a slight upward bow. I was able to adjust them to get them flat, but this process can be a bit annoying. Once adjusted, the feed tables have remained calibrated.
A thickness planer is a magical thing. Once you get one, you will won’t believe that you ever worked without it. A thickness planer produces accurate repeatable thicknesses with a near tool-mark free finish.
A thickness planer can be used to straighten boards. However, without using an additional jig you will still often end up with boards that are bowed. To produce truly straight boards you will need to build a jig.
The dust collection system on this planer makes it even more useful than others. I can confidently plane a few boards without having to vacuum up the shop afterwards.
In short, a thickness planer is a good tool to own.