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Offline dlu@canishe.com

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DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« on: November 03, 2018, 02:43 AM »
The DW735 sure seems like it would be easy to set up with a metric depth scale and turret stop, maybe even the depth of cut indicator. Does anybody know if they are sold outside of North America? Looking on the UK and German Dewalt sites I don't see the 735, so maybe not?

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Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2018, 02:53 AM »
If not you can install a digital height gauge.  They have become rather cheap and while it may be a hassle to install, a more accurate method of getting the thickness you want.


Online Gregor

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2018, 10:30 PM »
I had contacted Dewalt Europe earlier this year, they said there are no plans to bring the DW735 to Europe.

Offline Cheese

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2018, 01:52 AM »
I had contacted Dewalt Europe earlier this year, they said there are no plans to bring the DW735 to Europe.

That’s unfortunate...as much as I despise Dewalt gear...the DW 735 really is a great piece of equipment. Throw in the Shelix head and the package is awesome.

I’ve been burnt so many times on Dewalt equipment that it makes me crazy. I hate the stuff.

However, I really think the 735 could be sent overseas and would be accepted as an inexpensive alternative to the European options.

Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 01:00 AM »
Of concern in importing an American unit would be that 50 hz electric service.

The grass is always greener.  I like European machine designs - they seem to suit the way I prefer to machine wood better than the common American style machines.

Offline dlu@canishe.com

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2018, 01:59 AM »
I had contacted Dewalt Europe earlier this year, they said there are no plans to bring the DW735 to Europe.

Well, that probably means that there are no metric scales to be had  [sad]

The Wixey readout seems like a nice option – and I could even do fractions or decimal inches – or not  [smile]

The way the depth turret is built it would be easy for to convert it to metric (or cubits), the scale and the stop blocks are separate parts. Now I curious to know if the height adjustment could be converted to 1mm per revolution by changing the sprocket that drives the chain. That would be cool. Till then it is close enough to 1.5mm per turn for estimating adjustments.

All this because I bought some green tools and decided it would be easier to just do everything in metric. Wish I'd bought a TS75 before they ruined it.
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Online Gregor

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2018, 05:16 AM »
All this because I bought some green tools and decided it would be easier to just do everything in metric. Wish I'd bought as TS75 before the ruined it.
You can order a sticker from festool, or (should you really hate imperial) even the whole scale in metric (#491983 Tiefeneinstellung) for 13€ (excl. VAT and shipping).

Offline Cheese

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2018, 10:46 AM »

The Wixey readout seems like a nice option – and I could even do fractions or decimal inches – or not  [smile]


The Wixey is a nice option and as Ron pointed out, it's pretty inexpensive. The only issue I have with it is it burns through batteries. I keep a card of 5 batteries around at all times.  [smile]


Offline dlu@canishe.com

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2018, 04:14 PM »
All this because I bought some green tools and decided it would be easier to just do everything in metric. Wish I'd bought as TS75 before the ruined it.
You can order a sticker from festool, or (should you really hate imperial) even the whole scale in metric (#491983 Tiefeneinstellung) for 13€ (excl. VAT and shipping).

Thanks! Interestingly, Festool USA doesn't think there is an option to convert the TS75 back. I'd go for the scale :-)

Offline dlu@canishe.com

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2018, 04:17 PM »

The Wixey readout seems like a nice option – and I could even do fractions or decimal inches – or not  [smile]


The Wixey is a nice option and as Ron pointed out, it's pretty inexpensive. The only issue I have with it is it burns through batteries. I keep a card of 5 batteries around at all times.  [smile]

Wonder if it could be modded to use an AC adapter. Is it using coin cells?

Offline rst

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2018, 06:18 PM »
I use the Wixleys also, and other coin cell measuring devices such as micrometers, at least 6-8 various tools...I learned a long time ago that the on/off switches bleed voltage.  I now remove the batteries after use...I haven't bought a battery in a couple years.

Online kevinculle

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2018, 06:27 PM »
I installed the Wixey on my DW735 and my Jet Performax 16-32, it adds great versatility and precision.  The Wixey uses coin cells (CR2032 I think) but I find I get in the neighborhood of a year out of mine before the battery needs replacing.

Offline Cheese

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2018, 02:10 AM »
Wonder if it could be modded to use an AC adapter. Is it using coin cells?

Yes it does use coin cells.

I think that when the Wixey 510 was first designed, it was primarily designed for accuracy and affordability and the longevity of the batteries was really a 2nd or 3rd tier consideration. Remember, this was cutting edge measurement capabilities 8 or 9 years ago. The only comparable battery measuring method at the time were digital calipers that hovered in the $250 plus area whereas the 510 was around $70 at the time.

My auto key fob, Brown & Sharpe calipers and latest Wixey readout for the metal lathe all consume coin cells at the rate of every 3-4 years. While the early 510 for the Dewalt chews them up every 5-6 months.
If Wixey were to update this display, I’m sure it would be within the current expectations of battery life while still being affordable.

Offline dlu@canishe.com

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2018, 02:19 AM »
Wonder if it could be modded to use an AC adapter. Is it using coin cells?

Yes it does use coin cells.

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If Wixey were to update this display, I’m sure it would be within the current expectations of battery life while still being affordable.

Looks like the latest version uses AAA cells. At least they are rechargeable.

Offline Cheese

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2018, 02:31 AM »
Looks like the latest version uses AAA cells. At least they are rechargeable.

Well thanks for that information 🙏...the recharging is nice but it’s the longevity I’m after. It seems like every time I use the planer I need to change the cells. I have some walnut to plane down tomorrow and we’ll check the battery condition.  If they’re toast, I’ll order the new Wixey model. Thanks for the heads-up.  [big grin]

Offline dlu@canishe.com

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2018, 02:35 AM »
Looks like the latest version uses AAA cells. At least they are rechargeable.

Well thanks for that information 🙏...the recharging is nice but it’s the longevity I’m after. It seems like every time I use the planer I need to change the cells. I have some walnut to plane down tomorrow and we’ll check the battery condition.  If they’re toast, I’ll order the new Wixey model. Thanks for the heads-up.  [big grin]

Lithium AAAs would probably handle that nicely - both for capacity and low self-discharge. Just ordered mine. Best price I found was at Acme Tool.

Offline Cheese

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Re: DW735 Planer Outside of Inchlandia (the US)?
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2018, 02:45 AM »
Well along with the AAA cell change, they also upgraded it to .0025” accuracy. Previously the accuracy was .005”. It’ll be interesting to see if the readout has also been changed.