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Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

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  • Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

    Just received an ad from Rockler. They have a Dewalt 735 for 649.99. Comes with free compact Dewalt router, free knives and table. I know someone that has both and prefers the Makita. Looking for other input. Thanks in advance for replies.

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    Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

    The Makita is a better planner. The cut quality is comparable but the Makita is easier to work with. I have run many many miles of stock over mine in the last 12 years. I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
    It does make me chuckle that Dewalt has "give" so many freebies to move their product. Ever wonder why that is?
    there is ALWAYS a better way waiting to be discovered-
    yfc

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    • #3
      Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

      I have had my DeWalt 735 for a few years now, and am very pleased with it. You can get it cheaper from Home Depot or Amazon, though. HD has it for $549 (without extension tables and blades), and Amazon has it for $569 WITH extension tables and extra blades. No tax and free shipping from Amazon. The blades suck, though. When you wear out the included blades, get a set from infinity cutting tools. They last much longer. You can pick those up at Amazon as well for about $80.

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      • #4
        Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

        I borrowed a dw735 for a couple of days, and never could get used to having to turn it off every time I needed to change the cutting depth. Drove me nuts!

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        • #5
          Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

          The Makita is a solid unit with some great features. It also seems to hold up well over extended ownership.

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          • #6
            Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

            i have the makita . wish i had carbide blades . I recall a few years back i was reading up on that 735 dewalt ,mixed reviews . I would sujest you do a little research .like the wood web .
            Seems like the makita one gets great reviews . I haven't used another for years . Wish I could say great things about that dewalt ,it sounds like a good machine .I considered it at one point for my second one but i have two makitas instead .Easy to move ,I load in the truck and pack them about in the shop .

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            • #7
              Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

              Wingnut,

              I have yet to use a planer (including some very large industrial machines) that gives a better finish than my Makita with sharp blades. The rubber feed rollers are a great advantage, as you can take just a couple of thousandths off if you'd like, without the feed mechanism leaving dents in your work, like a segmented, metal roller does.

              Mine has run thousands and thousands of feet...

              - Kit
              www.northparkwoodworks.com

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              • #8
                Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

                CPO Dewalt has a great deal going too

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                • #9
                  Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

                  Originally posted by Lettusbee67 View Post
                  I borrowed a dw735 for a couple of days, and never could get used to having to turn it off every time I needed to change the cutting depth. Drove me nuts!
                  You don't have to turn it off to change the depth..
                  Its a hard pill to swallow- Just when you think you are really good and set on YOUR ways. Someone comes along and blows your mind.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

                    JH, on what basis do you make your statement? On the machine I used, it wouldn't allow the crank handle to turn with the switch in the on position. It was a simple mechanical lockout, and if I owned the machine, I would have disabled it.

                    I also have a DW734, which does allow the depth to be changed while it is running.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Dewalt 735 vs Makita 12" Planer

                      what about the 734 vs the makita ?

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