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keitht 08-15-2012 11:13 AM

Dewalt 735 planer experiance
I purchased a DeWalt 735 planer to use remodeling my house. I have a stack of red oak, not sure off the top of my head how many feet, but it was about a 3000 pound pallet of the stuff. I knew that this was going to be a tough job for a portable planer and bought the best one I could Ė certainly the most expensive portable I saw.
After a week or so, the drive belt broke on it. I took it to Dewalt and they replaced it. Then a couple of weeks later, the motor burned up. Again, I took it back and they rebuilt the motor. Then about a week later (yesterday) the motor went out again. Supposedly, Dewalt has to keep repairing it for 3 years, but it took a month to get it back last time and Iím wondering if I will ever make it thru this job?
It is on a 12 gauge power cord. I keep the machine blown out well. I let it rest between boards. I only take off the tiniest amount of wood per cut. And although Iíd love to plane these boards down to ĺ, Iím only planning them down to 1 inch to save on time and machine wear.
I donít know of anything else I can do to baby this machine through this job? Anybody have any words of advise?

nealtw 08-15-2012 05:18 PM

These thing are made for someone making furniture or something when they only use it once in a while. There is a reason the bigger ones have 12 to 16 hp.

keitht 08-15-2012 05:26 PM

I agree. The thing is just not built for the task. I'll keep plodding away at it and I guess Dewalt will have to keep rebuilding it until I'm done with the job. It's guaranteed for 3 years. I'll be done by then I hope.

I suppose if Dewalt doesn't like it, they should start marketing them "for small jobs only."

nealtw 08-15-2012 06:20 PM

Some times it's better to find some one with the bigger equipment to run it for you, but as normal we find that out after spending the money. I gave up on the little planners years ago when I picked up a 1940's 36" 2 drum door sander.

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