We have…and surprisingly, the results were anything but perfect. So how does it stack up? And more importantly, is it the right choice for you and your woodworking needs? Improving the finish of cheaper, rough-sawn boards.
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We have…and surprisingly, the results were anything but perfect. So how does it stack up? And more importantly, is it the right choice for you and your woodworking needs? Improving the finish of cheaper, rough-sawn boards. Creating custom thicknesses of wood for projects. Evening out the thickness across the length of a piece of wood. Power and Performance One of the most important criteria to look at when choosing a wood planer is the power output of its motor, as the more powerful it is, the tougher, rougher, and also the larger the pieces of timber it can accommodate.
As a result, the DW is capable of planing timber for even the largest of projects with ease. Just as important when it comes to performance is the number of blades and the overall cutting speed of whatever planer you are considering, as the general rule of thumb when it comes to thickness planing is that the more blades there are, and the higher the overall cutting speed, the smoother the finish that is possible.
It makes sense, as the more cutting surfaces there are, and the faster the blades spin, the more times they collide with the timber you are planing to leave the smoothest surface possible. All told, this drastically reduces the amount of follow-up sanding that is needed to virtually zero, saving you both time and hassle. Another positive is the fact that the blades feature a double cutting face, making them reversible.
They have a longer lifespan because of this, meaning you can enjoy sharper, better quality cuts, and ultimately much smoother timber over a longer period versus comparable, non-reversible blades. It comes with a dual-speed gearbox, for example, letting you prioritize productivity or quality of finish depending on your needs. The higher speed setting 2 delivers 96 cuts per inch and is ideal for removing material as quickly as possible, while the lower speed setting one slows down the feed rate to deliver cuts per inch and the best quality finish possible.
This is all thanks to its fan-assisted chip ejection vacuum that exhausts them out of the dust ejection port as shown in the image above. Finally, a problem that thickness planers are synonymous with is snipe , which refers to when the planer removes too much material at both the start or end of a piece of timber. Snipe occurs due to the weight of the wood outside the planer pivoting the ends and causing more pressure in these areas when they enter the cutting blades, leading to more material being removed.
The DW helps to overcome this issue thanks to its automatic carriage lock mechanism that reduces the type of movement that leads to this issue, all without any input from the user. Turning the crank clockwise lowers the cutter head to your desired finished thickness while turning it clockwise raises it.
The planer also comes equipped with an extra large turret depth stop dial to let you return to the most frequently used planing thicknesses with ease. Helpful Features Power, performance, and customizability are just some of the things that make a wood planer truly useful and usable. Just as important are the various features that minimize mess, reduce maintenance headaches, boost portability, and improve the overall safety of the tool.
Here are a few other standout features of this model: It comes with a 4-inch dust port to let you hook up a dust collector host to minimize mess during use.
DEWALT has made it quick and easy to rotate or change-out the blades when needed, with the process being covered in detail along with illustrations in the user manual. It has both side and base-mounted carry handles to make it easier to carry and transport. Finally, the large capacity helps you handle large pieces of timber with ease, while the reversible blades will keep you planing for longer given their extended life versus comparable models with non-reversible blades.
The main drawback in our opinion is the size and weight, and this massively impacts portability even though it features side and bottom carry handles.
Despite this, however, we still think that it offers excellent value for money. Still not convinced?
DeWalt DW735 Instruction Manual
Each of these pieces requires the use of various hardwoods. We decided that the DeWalt DW inch, 2-speed planer would fill the gap between our smaller underpowered planer and a large industrial planer. But that was to be expected. Most benchtop planers have some heft to them, however, the DW weighs in at 92 pounds. That realization prompted us to quickly build a rolling base for the planer to stand on. The overwhelming feeling when opening the box was that the DeWalt DW is already a large step up from our previous planer based on build quality alone. Overall, the DeWalt DW seems to jump across the line into the professional realm from a small-scale standpoint.
DeWalt 13" Benchtop Planer #DW735
As we have already stated, there is only one difference between these two wood planers, and that is the fact that the DWx power tool comes with an extra set of cutting blades. To highlight the similarity, and lack of differences, between the two models, we have taken a closer look at them and done a comparison. What is clear from doing this is that both are highly capable power tools when correctly used. Performance — Tied The movement that causes snipe is reduced thanks to an automatic carriage lock system. The operator has the ability to choose between two feed speeds depending on the size of the work piece thanks to a dual speed gearbox.
DeWalt DW735X Planer User Manual