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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.
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-
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.
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 .
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.
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.