Dewalt 735 Chip Collection/Stand #1: Problem and Idea

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Blog entry by Blackbear posted 04-13-2013 02:39 AM 6165 reads 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently I picked up the Dewalt 735 lunchbox planer. I’m still setting up my basement shop, so for a few months the planer was living on the concrete floor. Now if you’ve ever turned one of these planers on without any chip collection attached, you know what a mess it can make! I only did it once. After seeing the Dewalt chip collection accessory, DW7353, is no longer in production I decided to pick up a cheap cyclone and attach it to a shop vac. I bought the Rockler dust right cyclone, which has 2.5 inch hose attachments.

The box that the Rockler dust right cyclone came in has a picture of the Dewalt planer right on it, attached to the cyclone. In my experience, this is false advertising. What happened to me was the two piece bucket (you can see the seam in the above picture) was not air tight and chips from the 735 blew right out of the seam! They also blew out around the cyclone bucket lid, since its also not a tight air seal. Not only that, but some chips would fall back onto the planer table because the air flow was not sufficient even though it was attached to a 6.5 hp shop vac. The chips would smoosh into any wood you fed through the planer from the force of the rollers, and some of the chips would fly up and nick the blades.

I decided continuing to use the dust right was not an option, and I was not ready to buy a whole shop cyclone just yet. My idea, which is a combination of my own thoughts and browsing numerous forums, was to basically build an air tight box with a bin or box in the bottom to collect the chips and some cloth or air filters to let the air escape. The box would also serve to support the planer. In my shop, mobility is a plus so I decided the box would need casters. Next entry I’ll get started.

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#1 posted 04-13-2013 03:57 AM

I also have the DW735 planer. I have mine hooked up to the (in)famous HF 2HP DC, with a Thien Top Hat.

SO, I know you have a GREAT planer…
Time will tell if you have a great PLAN!!!
I kid!!!

Your plan sounds like a good idea to me.
Then again, I thought up recycling used paint….
Came in the shape of a house!

As long as the filters will allow enough air to escape, should work fine.
Good luck. Looking forward to seeing your progress!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 04:08 AM

Just unhook your shop vac. It is restricting the flow.

I use a shop built Thien Collector on my 735 WITHOUT a shop vac. It collects ALL the chips, but some fine dust does flow through into the room.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 04-13-2013 11:50 AM

That would definitely work Joe, but I’m not interested in the fine dust spraying everywhere. Your Thien came out nicely, maybe I’ll try making one for some other tools. I guess one option could be to hang a hose right out the basement window and let the fine dust spray out into the yard, but that would not work in the winter. I think I’ll give this cabinet idea a try first.

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