You need a good bench planer if you want to turn rough, worn out wood into a smooth work piece with parallel size.
DeWalt makes a few of these tools, and one of them is this DW734.
It’s not their biggest and not the most expensive, but for many it’s just right. After,
DeWalt has established quite a reputation in the industry for quality and durability, and this is a good example of why it’s such a popular brand.
- When you’re working with wood, you want a bench planer with enough power to get the job done. Sometimes the wood can be tough to work with, especially with certain types of hardwood. But you won’t have any trouble as you have a 15-amp motor, with 20,000 rpm and with the cutterhead speed at 10,000 rpm. All these will let you do the job no matter what, as long as you don’t need to work on wood that’s wider than 12.5 inches.
- This gives you 96 cuts per inch. For a portable planer, that’s a lot. It certainly will give your wood a great finish that will make it look like it’s been worked over by a professional.
- The disposable 3 laminated steel knives are reversible, and they can last up to 30% longer than most other knives. When you do need time to change the knife, it’s quick and easy. You do need a tool (just one) for making these knife changes.
- If you hate snipe when you work with wood, you’ll love this bench planer. That’s because it features a 4-column carriage lock that really minimizes the movement that leads to snipe. You get snipe because of the vertical movement of your wood.
- You’ll get 33.5 inches of material support, thanks to the really long infeed and outfeed tables. It can get annoying when these tables are too short and you’re working with longer pieces of wood. These are also nicely level with the planer bed already. But if you disagree, you can also adjust these tables. But that’s not really recommended.
- With every pass you also get accurate cuts. There’s a gauge here for material removal, which you can find at the front of the planer. This gauge tells you how much material will be removed just as soon as the wood gets in contact with the cutterhead.
- The overly large thickness scale helps a lot as well. The maximum thickness you can take out in a single pass is ⅛ of an inch. That may still be too much, so you can also set this to 1/16 of an inch or even 1/32 of an inch. That way, you get a better finish.
- Often you may use certain depths a lot more frequently, and it can get tedious having to make complicated adjustments to get back to those depths. Thankfully, this has a turret depth stop that lets you get back easily to the depths you use more frequently.
- This helps a lot, especially when you want a lot of boards to come out with the same thickness. Set the dial to any of these thicknesses keeps your planer from planning the wood and getting the wood too thin for your requirement. So, if you want the wood only ¼ of an inch thick, that’s what you get.
- All that woodcutting can make a mess, but there’s a black attachment you can attach to the rear to control the flow of the wood chips. Your purchase includes the screws you need for this attachment, and you can also attach your own dust collector.
- You get a 3-year limited warranty, with free service for a year. There’s also a standing money-back guarantee for 90 days. DeWalt has a reputation for reliable customer support, so you can expect them to actually honor the warranty without too much hassle.
- Stationary planer type
- 15 amps
- 20,000 rpm motor with 10,000 rpm for cutterhead
- ⅛-inch maximum cut depth
- 12.5-inch width capacity
- 80 pounds tool weight
- 6-inch depth capacity
Best Suited for Where and Whom
This is great for DIY enthusiasts, who certainly won’t find it sensible to get an industrial thickness planer. It’s great for finishing wood, and it’s ideal for those who find it difficult to use other bench planers because those other planers don’t have the features of the DW734.
This is certainly suitable for those who really hate snipe and for those who really want accurate cuts.
It’s also useful for smaller woodshops, as the infeed and outfeed tables can be folded so you can store this more conveniently.
Pros and Cons
The first advantage you certainly will appreciate is that you have ample power to work with here. This can deal with your hardwood with no trouble.
In fact, it’s so good at smoothening your work wood pieces that you really get a great finish afterwards. You may not even need to sand the wood after you’ve turned them out with this planer.
If you do need to do some sanding, you only need a little bit.
It’s also great that you get accurate cuts. You have features like the linear scale at the front, the turret depth adjustment dial, and the material removal gauge giving you a very accurate idea of just how much wood will be removed and how much you’ll have left.
You won’t to rely on luck and prayer to get the results you need, and it’s easy to use.
The anti-snipe feature is especially terrific, especially when you’ve had lots of trouble with it when using other bench planers.
On the other hand, it’s not perfect. It’s annoying that to fold the infeed and outfeed tables, you have to first in screw your dust hatch.
You can’t fold them with the dust hatch in, so you need to take it out and then put it back in when you use this tool again.
It’s also noisy, so hopefully your neighbors and household members won’t be too disturbed. You will need ear protection when using this.
Why Should You Buy This?
Buy this if you want a bench planer that works just as it’s advertised. This is a high-quality product that will give you accurate cuts and a very smooth finish for your wood. What it won’t give you is a headache.
Why have reversible blades?
The 3 laminated steel knives are sharp, but when they get dull you can just flip them to the other side. This means you get to keep those knives working, so you won’t have to replace them too frequently.
What depths of cuts are the most commonly used?
These are generally ¼-inch, ½-inch, and ¾-inch. You can set your depth dial to any of these, and the planer won’t make your wood thinner than these measurements.
How does the 4-column carriage lock work? You just pull down a black bar set just above the cutterhead and roller assembly.
The 4-column lock system secures the cutterhead and roller assembly in their places while you’re passing your wood through your planer. You don’t get the vertical motion, hence you don’t have snipe.
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