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Blog entry by DeLayne Peck posted 06-07-2013 at 07:36 AM 2293 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found a 735 on Craigslist for $300. I made a Sonic-Boom getting there to buy it. Upgrading my elderly SnipeMaster 5000 planer had been on my lust list for years.

Back in the shop, I proudly put it in place and proceeded to lovingly clean, oil, and wax. Then I got to the blades, I noticed obvious wear and a chip. Prolly from the time the previous owner ran a Jeep axle through it. Ok, just flip the blades to the unused side.

Great, three knives, 24 FROZEN hex-head machine screws. They are either rusted or put in with a 5 HP impact driver. The word “GOAT” hung heavily over futile effort to get them out. After hours of work, I surrendered the stripped, penetrating oil soaked, leveraged, hammered, frozen, heated effort. GOAT. BAAAH!!!

Enter Total Tool Supply Inc. with 10 Midwestern locations. They carried my 92 lbs frustration in from the truck and patiently listened to my horror story. The counter man said, “Let me see if our tech real busy.” I thought, “I was young once as he carried the 735 off under one arm.”

Fifteen minutes it came rolling back on cart. I thought, “If they got them that fast, this is the day the man in the black cape comes and takes my manhood.” The counter man said, “They are all loose. We just hammer a size larger star bit in and pull them with an impact driver.”
The 735 is now working beautifully. I am not a goat!!! Total Tool has a customer for life. The man in the black cape? Yup, I am the only male soprano in the Lincoln Community Chorus.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.



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Roger

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 at 07:48 AM

Nice review…. Always fun gettin somethin like that…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 at 08:13 AM

Funny story, and a lucky score. Enjoy.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 at 08:36 AM

It will serve you well, a nice planer indeed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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oldnovice

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#4 posted 06-07-2013 at 08:54 AM

It’s plane to see that you came out smelling like a gloat!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Bsmith

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 at 10:19 AM

Delayne, very funny and clever. Not sure what it was about but it put a smile on my face. Thanks, glad you got your planner working too.

-- Bryan

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 06-07-2013 at 06:04 PM

DeLayne, I felt like a girl when I took my Ridgid planer in to the repair center for the same reason. I had to carry it back as the tech was a tiny little dried up old guy. Took him about 2 sec to loosen the screws with a hammer and hex bit!

But I learned how to do it next time! So worth the trip and embarrassement.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 06-07-2013 at 11:07 PM

Congrats you will enjoy this planer

-- Norman

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Rxmpo

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 at 12:05 AM

Got mine on CL for the same price and couldn’t be happier! On the finishing speed, ash came out like glass! Enjoy!

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DeLayne Peck

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#9 posted 06-08-2013 at 12:35 AM

Thanks all, this was a rescue. They were down so hard when I had hammered the hex drive they stripped. The lesson here is hammer a slightly over-size hardened star bit into stuck hex heads. Provides more bite.

Hans, oldnovice, looked up the diagnostic name for you chronic pun problem. Maybe there is some comfort in know you are dyslexiconistic. Incurable, by the way.

Andy, your Rigid BS rescue takes the cake. That was a masterpiece.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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Quixote

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#10 posted 06-08-2013 at 04:26 AM

So, three quick questions; did you have to replace the whole set of screws? Did the hammer and impact ruin the ability to use the hex wrench and limit you to using a torx bit for the next time you need to replace the knives? And finally, did you lubricate the threads to prevent the issue in the future?

I haven’t run into this with my 735 yet, but I am concerned that it may be in my future.

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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DeLayne Peck

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#11 posted 06-08-2013 at 07:22 AM

Quixote, I did replace all the screws that I stripped and the ones that received hammered Torx treatment/impact driver drill treatment. Fastenal Co. had them in stock for 27 cents a piece. Everyone went back in with a touch of machine oil on them. Shop humidity and rust are an old story.

As Andy learned, tapping the furnished T-handle in with an hammer and coaxing them out with the T-handle worked on some of them. No effect on the T handle, the screw heads are softer and will strip. Milwaukee sells a hardened set of Shockwave driver bits for use with impact driver drills. Includes Torx for $19.95 at HD. They are super tough.

Thank you for your military service. I can say that with affection and extreme sincerity. We are a Gold Star family, August 2011, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#12 posted 06-08-2013 at 07:29 AM

A tough challenge but overcome by good thinking, written with good humor (not Ice cream)

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 06-08-2013 at 11:12 AM

A funny story which makes me glad that I’m not old or rusty.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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oldnovice

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#14 posted 06-08-2013 at 03:39 PM

DeLayne, I am a what ”dyslexiconistic.” … I can’t find a definition.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 06-08-2013 at 04:35 PM

Dewalt now makes a replacement set of screws. The new screws are torx drive, instead of the original hex drive. I haven’t had issues with mine in 5 or 6 knife changes, but I know many have had issues.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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