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

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The Winner
Winner
DeWalt DW735X DeWalt DW735X
  • Controls are well placed, over-sized, and easy to use
  • Gauges are easy to read, helping to make accurate settings
  • Ships with extension tables and a set of replacement knives
  • The Runner up
    Second place
    DeWalt DW735 DeWalt DW735
  • Dual speed/CPI useful when dealing with tough stock
  • Excellent feature set for a thickness planer in this price range
  • Sometimes, it almost feels like manufacturers like to confuse us. Take these DeWalt planers for instance — the DW735 and DW735X. Nowhere on the product pages does it state the difference between these two clearly similar products. We, the customers, are left to guess.

    That can be problematic with two nearly-identical tools such as these. They’re priced only a shade apart and have specs that look exactly the same. How are you supposed to know which one is right for you if you don’t even know the difference between the two models? Surely that X has to stand for something, right?

    If you’ve found yourself backed into a corner with the choices narrowed down to just these two planers, know that you’re not alone. To help you and other inquisitive customers, we’ve decided to pit these two planers against each other to find out if any discernible differences might make one preferable to the other.

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    At a Glance

    Let’s look at the key points of each product.

    DW735
    • 15-amp motor
    • 20,000 RPM motor speed
    • 10,000 RPM cutterhead speed
    • 2-speed gearbox for 96 or 179 CPI
    • Fan-assisted dust port
    • 3 cutting knives
    • 3-year warranty
    • Maximum cutting depth of ⅛”
    • 5” width capacity and 6” depth
    • Weighs 92 pounds
    • No infeed and outfeed tables
    DW735X
    • 15-amp motor
    • 20,000 RPM motor speed
    • 10,000 RPM cutterhead speed
    • 2-speed gearbox for 96 or 179 CPI
    • Fan-assisted dust port
    • 3 cutting knives
    • 3-year warranty
    • Maximum cutting depth of ⅛”
    • 5” width capacity and 6” depth
    • Weighs 102 pounds
    • Includes both infeed and outfeed tables
    • Extra knives included

    Overview of DW735

    DEWALT Thickness Planer DW735

    When it comes to benchtop planers, the DW735 is a standout model. It’s got a stout 15-amp motor that spins the motor at 20,000 RPM and the cutterhead at 10,000 RPM. With the 2-speed gearbox, you can adjust the feed speed for different types of wood, providing options of 96 and 179 cuts per inch. This creates a very smooth surface that hardly even needs sanding.

    There’s a dust-port with fan-assisted chip ejection, removing sawdust as you create it. The 3-knife cutterhead allows for faster feed speeds and cleaner cuts than other models. They’re also reversible and disposable. Turn them around for continued use, or easily swap them out for new knives.

    At 92 pounds, it’s pretty hefty, but still a few pounds lighter than the DW735X. It can handle material up to 6 inches thick and 12.5 inches wide with a maximum cutting depth of ⅛-inch.

    What’s missing are the infeed and outfeed tables, so your material gets no support on its way through the planer. Also, the price on the DW735 is a bit higher than its closest competitor as of the time of this writing.

    Pros
    • 2-speed gearbox
    • 96 or 179 cuts per inch
    • 20,000 RPM cutting speed
    • 3-knife cutting head
    Cons
    • More expensive than the DW735X
    • No infeed and outfeed tables

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    Overview of DW735X

    DeWalt DW735X

    Looking at the specs list, you can tell that the DW735X has many of the same specs as the DW735 on paper. Things don’t start to differ until pretty far down the list. First, you’ll notice that this model weighs nearly 10 pounds more than the DW735. Does this mean improved performance? Well, in a way.

    The real question is, where does that 10 pounds come from? The answer — extras. With the DW735X, you’ll get infeed and outfeed tables for the planer, providing plenty of extra support and reducing sniping. But this model comes with something else as well — extra blades for the cutters.

    Especially when using harder woods, the blades on the knives can wear out easily. Granted, the knives are reversible and replaceable, so you can easily reverse them for more life or swap them for a new set of blades. The lucky part here is that the DW735X actually includes extra blades to go with the planer. This is somewhat ironic when you realize that the DW735X is more affordable.

    Apart from the inclusion of extra knives and support tables, the DW735X is identical to the DW735.

    Pros
    • Has all the same specs as DW735
    • Includes an extra set of blades
    • Infeed and outfeed tables included as well
    • More affordable
    Cons
    • Weighs 10 pounds more than the DW735

    What Are the Differences Between Them?

    There’s not a whole lot separating these two great planers, just like there’s barely any difference between their names. Though the differences might be subtle, there are several aspects to narrow in on.

    Performance

    Edge: DW735X

    With fresh blades, both of these planers cut incredibly fine finished boards. You get a 2-speed gearbox in each that allows you to switch between 96 and 179 cuts per inch. All of the performance stats between these machines are the same.

    However, the DW735X includes the infeed and outfeed tables, while the DW735 does not. As a result, we were able to get cleaner, faster cuts with the D735X since we were able to feed the wood through more comfortably. Likewise, the addition of the tables allowed for cleaner finished products. So, the DW735X is going to take the upper hand when it comes to performance.

    DeWalt DW735X Material Removal Gauge

    Price

    Edge: DW735X

    To be fair, these machines are priced very similarly. There are only a few dollars separating their prices. You might expect, like we would, that the machine without the additional tabletops and extra blades is more affordable. But you’d be mistaken. As it turns out, the DW735X with the extra included pieces is actually a bit cheaper than the DW735, so it’s going to take the edge for price as well.

    Snipe

    Edge: DW735X

    Snipe is when the end of the board gets more taken off than the rest of the board. This happens when a long board is pushed through the planer and the cut end begins to sink, lifting up the end that’s still going through the machine. As a result, there will be a discrepancy from the start to the finish of the board and it won’t be perfectly flat.

    Since the DW735 doesn’t come with the infeed or outfeed table, we experienced considerable sniping with it. To be fair, we still did experience a small bit of snipe with the infeed and outfeed tables attached to the DW735X, but it was significantly reduced, tallying up another win for the DW735X.

    Blade Life

    Edge: DW735X

    Both of these machines use the same blades, so technically, they both offer pretty much the same blade life. There’s a caveat though. The DW735X includes an extra set of blades for when the first set gets worn down. This means that you can go twice as long before needing to purchase a set of replacement blades, giving the final win to the DW735X.

    man using DEWALT Thickness Planer DW735

    What the Users Say

    Now that you know our opinions on these two capable benchtop planers, we thought it might be helpful for you to know the opinions of some other real-world users as well. So, we scoured forums and reviews, and this is what they had to say.

    One thing many people seemed pleased with is the overall finish that either planer creates with their high cut per inch counts. Some users referred to the finish as “almost flawless.” Others said they liked the smooth surface these planers create, as long as the blades are in good shape.

    Many users felt that the blades wear out too quickly, which makes the DW735X a better option since it includes extras. Likewise, many users felt that the DW735 was missing the tables and purchased them separately. Most likely, they didn’t even know there was another option that came with them.

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    Conclusion

    If you’ve been having a hard time deciding between these two nearly identical devices, then let us help simplify the decision for you. We think that the DW735X is the hands-down better choice. It’s a little more affordable, even though it’s the same machine with additional parts! You’ll get the infeed and outfeed tables to make it much easier to work with and there’s even a second set of blades ready to replace the first set when they wear out.

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