New Planer (New to me anyway)

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Blog entry by Haydar posted 09-04-2009 07:09 PM 998 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think I just got a pretty good deal on ebay. I got a Dewalt 734 Planer for $170 locally. It also comes with the stand and an extra set of blades. The picture looks like it was well maintained.

Here’s a link to the item.

I’m so excited I just had to tell somebody, and you poor people are they. Now I just need some good instruction on how to use it. If anyone has any recommendations please let me know.

-- Danger: Novice Woodworker here.

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#1 posted 09-04-2009 07:25 PM

It is pretty easy to use benchtop planer.
I read the user manual and used it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 09-04-2009 08:08 PM

Sounds like a deal to me. I have been using the DW733 for about 11 years and it is still running strong so if yours is as solid as mine, you are going to get some miles out of it.

The nice thing about the DW734 is that it has 3 knives and should get more cuts per inch than my 2 knife DW733.

Have fun!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 09-04-2009 08:54 PM

Congratulations on the new planer. This is a quality tool that should last you for many years. Here is a link to part 1 of Keith Cruickshank’s two part video on the 8 steps in dimensioning rough lumber. I feel it contains some pretty useful information on the handling of rough lumber and setting up the tools that are used in the process.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 09-04-2009 10:23 PM

Looks brand new. Great deal.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#5 posted 09-04-2009 10:31 PM

I own one of these.
Dimensioning lumber is a jointer / planer job but if you just want to know how to use the planer it’s pretty easy.
1. Life the locking bar up to unlock and use the top crank to raise the blades higher than the thickness of your lumber.
2. Stick the wood in about an inch where it says to adjust the thickness.
3. look at the indicator and crank the blades down till it starts to move up.
4. Adjust that indicator to the amount of wood you want to take off. You want to do it just a hair. 1/16” or less.
5. Clamp down the locking bar, turn the machine on and put the wood through.

You’ll figure out how much you can take off at a time by listening to the planer. Sometimes it’s smooth, sometimes it seems like it’s straining. I back off the thickness I remove when it strains. It depends on the hardness, width, and type of wood. I find that snipe is rare. And it has other settings that you can use too.

This planer, when connected to a shop vac or other dust collection has a good shavings remover. 98% goes into my vac.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 09-04-2009 10:48 PM

Thanks. That will help.

-- Danger: Novice Woodworker here.

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#7 posted 09-05-2009 04:04 AM

make sure you are putting your stock in the right way. If you are looking at the infeed side the grain should be rising not falling on the side of the board. If the board goes both directions, well make light cuts and if tear out happens I will use a small amount of water wiped on the bad section and make another pass. It helps sometimes.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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