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