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I have the Dewalt and really like it. Never given me any problems, not even slipping rollers. They both look very similar in terms of features. The Dewalt does have a 3 knife cutter head instead of 2 and thats a pretty big advantage. It will make more cuts per revolution and leave a smoother finish. The blades should also last longer since wear is distributed over more blades.
The dewalt is a newer design and has 1/2" wider capacity. The 734 also has a depth of cut gauge. You may want to look at the 735 if it is available.
If you are going to be moving this to different job sites the Makita weights only 61 LBS, the 734 is 80 LBS. The dewalt includes the dust hood, option on the Makita. Both will get the job done but IMO the Dewalt is a little nicer machine.
Unfortunately Ridgid does not bring all their tools to Brasil. They basically bring/make their plumbing tools but not wood working tools. We have DW, Makita, Metabo, B&D, Bosch, some Fein, Festool, but not the ones I like, Ridgid...
I also have the DeWalt. I've had it for about 5 years, and I love it. I've never had a worry from it, and changing blades is really simple. They're double-sided so you'll get a good amount of use out of a single set, and it comes with 2 sets. I still have the blade set I purchased! I haven't run a whole bunch of board feet through it, but it's handled the walnut and oak I have with ease. Since the Makita is only 2-blade I think the DeWalt would easily be the better choice.
Whichever one you get, I really recommend getting some ear protection!! The things are incredibly loud with a high-pitch whine that seems to want to cut to the bone. The things are major chip-makers, too. I think I remember you have a pretty nice shop, so I'm sure you'll have a dust collector. Since the DeWalt comes with the dust hood (with a 4" connector), that rather seals the deal for me!!
I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.
Do you need it to be protable? If not you might want to look into a good used cast iron stationary machine built to last for years. Yes they are big and heavy but they make minced meat out of the smaller portables. They aren't near as **** loud either.
Ear protection is a must and I've used it all the time. David Clark is the name and I like then a lot. About the shop, unfortunately I did not make a dust collector yet and this is a back-log today...lol.
Thank you very much. You helped a lot!
It must be portable and not expensive so will be DW any way. Thanks a lot!