DeWalt is a rather famous brand in the DIY tools industry, with a well-earned reputation for high-quality tools that last a good long while.
They’re always a good choice, and whenever you get a DeWalt you generally get your money’s worth.
So it’s not surprising if you wish to go with the brand when you feel you need a bench planer. What’s not so clear is determining which model is the best suited for you. In many ways, these are very similar to each other.
In order to make sure you do get the model that’s right for your need, we have a nice comparison analysis here to help you with your decision.
DeWalt 734 vs 735
The blades here are the same. You have 3 blades here for each system. They’re all reversible, so that when one side gets dull you can just reverse a blade instead of replacing it right away. Of course, in both cases you may want to shift to carbide blades next time. Those tend to last a bit longer.
With the DW734 you get 96 cuts per square inch. That gives you a very smooth finish that will only need a bit of sanding if you’re a perfectionist.
With the DW735, you have the choice of going 96 cpi or 179 cpi. As you can imagine, with more cuts your finish will be even smoother. However, this will of course dull your blades sooner. In addition, it means slowing down the feed rate. So if you’re dealing with many planks of wood, you’ll use up more time.
The carriage lock is a system that prevents movement that leads to snipe. As you can imagine, it’s an important feature. On the DW734, this is a manual feature that you have to adjust yourself. You’ll have to pull down the black bar above the cutterhead, and this will secure the cutterhead and the roller assembly. You don’t get the vertical motion leading to snipe. You’ll have to do this each time you use your bench planer
Maybe the folks at DeWalt realized that maybe this should just be an automatic feature. So that’s what they did with the DW735. In this model, this is an automatic lock. You won’t have to do anything.
It isn’t just the lock that’s a bit different in the DW735. The DW734 is great, and for many it’s more than capable of providing for your needs.
But the DW735 is just better. It’s much easier to use, and you get better performance overall. This is more evident when you’re working on hardwood such as oak. The 734 may have some issues with the oak, but everything’s smooth sailing with the 735.
The 734 weighs 80 pounds, while the 735 weighs 92. The extra weight may contribute to the greater stability of the 735. On the other hand, the 735 will be more difficult to carry.
No doubt about it, the 735 is much more expensive. That makes the 734 more suitable for newbies and for those who don’t use the bench planer frequently.
Both are great, as they both have the same 3-year warranties. However, if you’re going to use both the same way, the 735 will likely last longer.
The 734 has the extension tables you need that makes it a pleasure to use. It helps in letting you make sure your stock remains perfectly flat. This is missing in the DW735, and you need to get your own infeed and outfeed tables. They’re that important. That’s why it’s one of the extras in the DW735x.
In the 735, you also get a dust hose adapter, a thickness planer crank handle, and a blade change T-wrench. In the 734 you just get a dust hood.
DeWalt 735 vs 735x
This is the very same machine. Everything’s the same. What DeWalt did was to get the DW735 and put in the sorely missing infeed and outfeed tables. Then they also threw in a set of replacement blades, and voila! Now you have the DW735x.
It’s not a trivial difference at all, however. These extension tables make the 735x a lot easier to use. You can more easily feed the stock into the machine, and then you can neatly get the stock out when it’s done. In addition, these tables help you keep the stock flat so that you get great results. Without these tables, you have a harder time putting in the stock into the machine.
The extra set of knives is a nice touch. The blades in the 735 are reversible, so they last longer than other knives. When one side gets dull, you just reverse the blade and continue working. Now you also have another set of blades so that you won’t have to go out and buy them once the blades need to be replaced. You don’t waste time you can use for your DIY project.
Obviously, with the extra accessories the DW735x is more expensive. What you need to do is to figure out whether it’s cheaper or not to buy the extension tables and blades separately. You really do need those extension tables.
As for the blades, an extra set is nice. But it would have been nicer if they were carbide blades.
What to Choose from DeWalt: DW734 vs DW735 vs DW735X
What is the DW734 best for?
Among the 3, this is best for newbies who can’t spend as much for their bench planer. This is what you get when you don’t really use the bench planer all that often. In addition, you don’t tend to work on hardwood most of the time. In other words, for beginners and weekend hobbyists, this DW734 will do.
What is the DW735 best for?
The is for the more serious hobbyists who tend to use the bench planer more often. If you’re a carpenter, you can probably find this a good investment. This works very well on hardwood, and even oak won’t be a problem. You’ll also get an even smoother finish with the option of using a faster cutting speed. You can use this on wider boards as well.
However, this is best if you already have the extension tables you need for smoother work. DeWalt probably thought that this is for pros, and professionals tend to have an infeed and outfeed table already.
What is the DW735x best for?
This is for the hobbyist who wants professional capabilities. Quite a few hobbyists don’t have the needed extension tables, and you get the infeed and outfeed tables with this. You even get a set of replacement blades, and that’s something a newbie will want too. A pro will just buy their preferred blades (and pick carbide blades).
On the other hand, this is the most expensive model. Obviously, this is only great for you if you can afford it!
If a newbie can afford the DW735x and can find a lot of use for it, then that’s what the newbie should get.
However, it’s true that the DW734 is also excellent for beginners, and more probably a better use of their money. Carpenters will most likely go with the DW735. It’s high-quality bench that can withstand volume work.
It’s clear that DeWalt offers 3 of the best options when it comes to bench planers. Buy the one that suits your budget and needs, and you’ll find it a joy to use.
Afterwards, you’ll marvel at the results and congratulate yourself on buying the perfect bench planer for yourself.