DeWalt DW735 vs DW735X Planer: What’s the Difference?

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This review pits two nearly identical twins against each other, the DeWalt DW735 and the DW735x. How companies name their products can be a source of amusement for those interested in marketing. It is akin to deciphering acronyms. In this case, what does the “x” mean? Extreme? Extra? Exemplary? Xylophone? It appears to mean “extra” as the DW735x is sold with an extra set of blades (or knives, if you prefer) and a set of infeed/outfeed table extensions. Both are nice-to-have additions to an already capable planer.

This planer will appeal to home workshop owners and commercial contractors. It offers dual planing speed which is an excellent feature when dealing with tougher hardwoods or especially rough surfaced stock. They both have a cast aluminum feed table/base for greater stability and rigidity. And, they offer some other niceties that make setting up the tool and using it easier and safer.

This is not a tool for commercial use other than as an occasional use piece for smaller jobs or one-off surfacing needs. Larger machines are needed for commercial operations that turn out a lot of surfaced stock every day. Beginners or DIYers with an infrequent need to reduce the thickness of the material they use might be better served with the DW734, reviewed elsewhere.

man reducing thickness of the wood

What are the differences between them?

This is a dead simple comparison. As already noted in the summary, the only difference between the two models is the extensions and extra blades. That’s it. Below are the about the planer itself to provide you with a look at the tool’s specifications. It is a capable tool when used in the right situations.

Specifications – Tie

  • Power: 120 VAC, 15 A
  • Depth capacity (thickness): 6”\
  • Width capacity: 13”
  • Max depth of cut: 1/8”
  • No load speed (RPM): 20,000 (motor), 10,000 (cutter head)
  • Dual speed gearbox: 96 and 179 cuts per inch (CPI)
  • Weight: 92 lbs.

Performance features – Tie

  • Three knife cutter-head delivers 30% longer knife life
  • Dual-speed gearbox enables you to choose between two feed speeds (CPI) to suit stock characteristics
  • Fan-assisted chip ejection pulls chips away from the cutter head then pushes them down towards the floor
  • 19-3/4 in. cast aluminum base provides more stability and an extended stock support surface
  • Automatic carriage lock reduces the movement that causes snipe
  • Extra-large gauges simplify setting a precise depth of cut
  • Extra-large turret depth-stop provides presets for most frequently used thicknesses

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Durability – Tie

These planers offer a compact and rugged design. The cast aluminum base provides extra rigidity and longer life. The housing helps reduce dust and debris getting inside the tool.

Design – Tie

Controls are oversized and easy to see and operate. The automatic carriage lock eliminates the chance of forgetting to set it manually, reducing the possibility of snipe.

What’s in the box – Point to the DW735x

The DW735x comes with two essential extras, the infeed, and outfeed extension tables and an extra set of knives. The tables significantly improve the user’s ability to maintain stock in a perfectly flat position. The extra knives reduce downtime when a blade change is needed caused by going to the store to buy more or ordering them.

Price – Point to the DW735

The DW735 is less expensive because it doesn’t come with the tables or extra knives. The best suggestion here is to shop for those two items and see if buying them bundled with the DW735x saves you any money.

man using DeWalt DW735

Quick Rundown of the DW735X:

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DEWALT DW735 13-Inch, Two Speed Thickness Planer
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DEWALT DW735 13-Inch, Two Speed Thickness Planer
  • Powerful 15-AMP, 20,000 RPM motor (10,000 RPM cutterhead speed) handles larger cuts in wider...
  • Three knife cutter-head delivers 30-percent longer knife life and makes knife change faster and...
  • Two speed gear box allows users to change feed speed to optimizing cuts per inch at 96 or 179 CPI
Pros
  • Excellent feature set for a thickness planer in this price range
  • Dual speed/CPI useful when dealing with tough stock
Cons
  • Extension tables are an extra cost item

Quick Rundown of DW735x:

DEWALT DW735X Two-Speed Thickness Planer Package,...
814 Customer Reviews
DEWALT DW735X Two-Speed Thickness Planer Package,...
  • Powerful 15 AMP, 20,000 RPM motor (10,000 RPM cutterhead speed) handles larger cuts in wider...
  • Three knife cutter-head delivers 30% longer knife life, fan-assisted chip ejection vacuums chips off...
  • Two speed gear box allows users to change feed speed to optimizing cuts per inch at 96 or 179 CPI
Pros
  • Gauges are easy to read, helping to make accurate settings
  • Controls are well placed, over-sized, and easy to use
  • Ships with extension tables and a set of replacement knives
Cons
  • More expensive than the DW735

What the Users Say

With the differences being limited to the additional tables and knives for the DW735x, this part of the review is going to deal with the good and bad aspects of the tool with a couple of comments regarding the accessories that ship with the DW735x presented by themselves.

TheDW735 and DW735x are very highly rated by the folks who purchase and use them. After reading reviews from a variety of sources, here is a summary of what people like about their planer.

  1. Beautiful finish! This comes up time and again. With the 179 CPI setting, its easy to see why they are getting a buttery smooth surface.
  2. Ease of use comes up regularly. A lot of new users comment on how easy they find it to use which bodes well for those of you looking for a planer who have not used one before. Experienced users also comment on the ease of use which often centers around control and gauge size.
  3. The ability to handle just about anything the user can feed it completes the trifecta for this tool. Hardwood, softer wood, rough finish or dimensioned on all sides and in need of thinning. When a tool does what people expect, or a bit more, you end up with satisfied users. This is the case for the DW735 and DW735w.

When it comes to complaints and dissatisfaction with the planer, even highly rated tools have their detractors. Below are some common shortcomings.

  1. For these two DeWalt models, a common gripe is that it takes more passes to reduce a piece of hardwood than it does on other tools they’ve used before.
  2. The knives reportedly dull rapidly and are expensive to replace. When the blades dull, the finish of the wood suffers, and the tool works harder.
  3. Working harder leads to the thermal protection for the motor tripping. This can be a problem when it happens mid-board. Depending upon the planer head position, it can take some doing to free up the stock.
  4. Last, snipe is reported, mainly when the tool is used without the extension tables.

Conclusion

Overall, there is no poor choice between these two planers. Both produce excellent results, are easy to set up and use, and do as much or more than their owners expect. If your budget can afford it, the DW735x is a better choice. You get the extension tables and extra blades so when the blades dull, and they will, you have replacements on hand. We recommend having the dull blades sharpened ASAP so they can be used when needed. Pop for the complete kit and get back to working faster.

Note: Sharpening planer blades requires extreme precision. Any irregularity in the sharpening will be immediately apparent in tool operation and performance.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!