I really wanted a DW735. Opportunities for other planers came and went, but I held out for a DW735. Finally, someone I know had a used one for sale in excellent condition for a great price ($350), so I bought.
I have been happy ever since. I have not changed the blades since I bought it, but like @sbrader
, I take only the finest cuts. I don't mind taking the time for a few extra passes.
* Inner Dust Collection Port Size:
The inner dust collection port is 2 1/4 inches, not
2 1/2 inches. A shop vac dust collection hose butts up against it, instead of inserting as you would expect. I had to buy a couple parts to adapt it so I could plug the shop vac hose into it.
* Inner Dust Collection Port Can't Keep Up:
Even if you could connect a shop vac to it, it probably won't work. The DW735 generates so many chips so fast that no shop vac dust collector can keep up. The DW735 has a built in fan to blow them out. My shop vac setup barely works, but only because I make very light passes on thin boards. Otherwise, the output blows the lid off the dust separator, literally. Some guys run their DW735 outside and put a 4 inch hose at the bottom of a large trashcan.
They are LOUD. Wear hearing protection!! A helical cutter like the Shelix reduces the noise somewhat and adds many other improvements, but they are expensive.
Note: I have not flipped the blades yet. I don't know if the previous owner already flipped them once. My DW735 still produces nearly glass-smooth results, straight from its previous owner.