Building the Shop #28: DW735 Planer HELP!!!!!!!!

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Blog entry by Lance posted 03-09-2013 03:44 AM 4156 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey guys,

Just when the weather starts getting good, I break my Dewalt DW735 Planer. Sadly I’m still working on my flip cart project, but all i had left was to install the planer and spindle sander. Ok, this is were I got myself in trouble. I took the planer off the 4 threaded post legs, thinking it would be easier to install the planer on the cart with just the bottom base & threaded post legs, then I could thread the planer back on the post legs. Well, I was WRONG!! I can not screw the planer back on the threaded post legs, It’s binding on me, and I might have over twisted some of the hardware trying to force it!

I found this post Crank Problem post but it looks like this is only good if you never took the WHOLE top off the threaded legs.

I’m going to call a Dewalt Service Center tomorrow, maybe they can help or I can take it in.

I really hope I didn’t break the planer, I should have never taken the planer off the post!!!!

Here are a couple pictures what my situation looks like, if anyones ever been dumb enough to do this, PLEASE HELP!!!!!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 04:24 AM


Sure wish we could help. We’ve been there, done that . . . sort of. Does your DeWalt planer manual have an exploded parts view or trouble-shooting list that might help you in the reassembly? We’ve never called DeWalt to know how their customer service/technical support is but this will let you know if you ever want to buy another DeWalt product.

We have recently had numerous phone calls with Grizzly’s technical support team (who are in the USA and speak English!) and have been thoroughly amazed how helpful they are—even with a tablesaw that’s more than 15 years old! The tablesaw is the only Grizzly tool we own (and we bought it second-hand), but it certainly has convinced us to consider them in the future for additional tools we might want to purchase.

We’ve also taken apart a Ryobi tablesaw and they were extremely helpful with parts and drawings for disassembly and reassembly. Their replacement parts seem a little pricier than some companies though.

We wish you success without great difficulty on your reassembly. Let us know how helpful DeWalt is and if we should add them to another tool company worth supporting!


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#2 posted 03-09-2013 05:05 AM has great schematics for understanding the inner workings of tools. Much more detailed than user manuals. They sell any part you may need as well.

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 12:51 PM

The directions given in one of the posts to crank problem are exactly what you will have to do to get things back together. Those four posts are “timed together” to get the head up and down level. Once you took it apart it out of level and tho only way to get it back is take the drive chain off get the head on all four posts level then time the chain when putting it on so everything moves up and down level.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 03-09-2013 06:18 PM

Ouch, I agree w/Johnstoneb, take the chain off, thread it back on slowly, test to see if it is level w/the bed, if needed make adjustments, then replace the chain. You may use a level to test and/or a Wixey may also work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 06:21 PM

Norm, I’ve taken the chain off, but I still can’t get the female threaded parts to line up with the male post.

There are 2 sets of inner threads per leg, one at the bottom and one towards the top. I can get the first set on, but when I get to the second set of inner threads the timing is off, this is where the problem is. im not able to losen or move the 2nd set of threads to line all of 4 of them up to get them on the threaded post. I found a parts list here

I’m going to call a local service center Monday. I’ll keep everyone posted.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 09:36 PM

I seem to remember when I was looking to buy a 735 that I ran across a youtube video that showed how to do exactly what you need. I was just scrolling thru DW735 vids in anticipation of getting one and I’m CERTAIN I saw one describing your issuet. I’ll be danged if I can find it again now though.

You cant call Dewalt till monday, if you’re so inclined you have plenty of time and you might try starting a youtube search for dismantleing & reassembling that beast.

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 11:48 PM

I can’t help ya, but, I certainly wish you lotsa luck

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Dan Lyke

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#8 posted 08-25-2013 03:53 PM

Solved it!

So, I just solved this one, and since this thread is high up in the results, figured I’d post the solution here: The bottom nuts are on springs. I put the top back on, lowered it ‘til it started to bind, raised it two cranks, then got on top of the planer (to compress those springs) while Charlene cranked the planer down, and voila! The whole thing went on quickly and easily.

So there’s the answer: Climb on top of your planer!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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