Fixing a design flaw for about 10$

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Blog entry by Woodwrecker posted 05-26-2011 05:09 PM 4111 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone.

I’ve noticed that a lot of you have a DW735 thickness planer like I do.
I use the heck out of mine and it is a great machine. But, there was a design flaw in my opinion that needed to be addressed. The dust port is placed above the middle of the out-feed table, and the dust collector hose has to be tied back or hung up to keep it out of the way, unless you are blessed with a permanent attachment.
I hung it or tied it for a long time until I came up with this solution.
With some scrap oak, a little hard ware I had laying around and about 10$ in dust collector parts, I fixed my problem.

Woodcraft had dust collector parts on sale and I picked up a couple of elbows.
I had some spare hose I wasn’t using, and I re-routed the dust chute to the side.

I cut the block to length; cut out a notch for the out-feed table screw and drilled out the table lip to attach the support block.

With the flexibility of the hose and the size of the elbow clearance, I can dial up the cutter to about 5” with no trouble at all, and that is about as high as I ever need. If I need more, I can easily loosen the hose clamp and gain the extra inch, but I don’t think I’ll be planing 6” pieces any time soon.

I leave a section of hose attached and secure it to the machine with a rubber belt from a long ago discarded vacuum cleaner.

This way the whole package takes up very little space and is ready to use any time.
I thought I may have a problem with two elbow turns affecting the exhaust, but if you have one of these, you know that the atomic power blower on these things is sufficient. And, when attached to my Harbor Freight 2hp dust collector a couple of feet away, it is almost scary how hard the chips come out! LOL

I have been coming up with ways to make my small shop easier to work in and I have been ironing out a few issues that I’ve put up with for too long, like this one.
I’m not saying that this is the best way to fix the problem, but it works great for me and I thought I’d share my idea.

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#1 posted 05-26-2011 05:13 PM

WOW! Thanks! just got done cursing at mine because a piece got caught on the hose.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 05:28 PM

Great idea. Thanks. Now if I can figure out a cheap way to eliminate snipe.

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 05:33 PM

Definitely a design flaw in the Dewalt planer.
When I had the Dewalt 735 planer I did the same but I used a Rockler quick-disconnect fitting that connected to the back of the planer exhaust with a few feet of flex hose that connected to a 4” stationary pipe. This worked for me since I did not have mine of a stand…I just placed it on a B&D workmate when I used it.

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 05:38 PM

I am DOING THIS when I get home! I even have an elbow sitting there doing nothing. I don’t know how I didn’t think of it. I’ve been struggling with the hose, draping it over my lathe, propping it on a stool, etc. Thank you for this.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 06:13 PM

I do not have this collector but I recognize that you did a superior job of design and execution.

-- jstegall

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#6 posted 05-26-2011 07:53 PM


Thanks for the tip.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#7 posted 05-26-2011 08:35 PM

That’s a good solution. I have a ceiling hanger for my hose that allows the stuff to go directly in a garbage can to the rear left. Works pretty well with shop vac. I didn’t want to tie it into the main vac. Looks good!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 05-26-2011 09:08 PM

This is what I’ve been doing! Hose draped all over the place. I might tackle this project tonight:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 05-26-2011 10:25 PM

I had the same problem but I just installed 4 inch ducting and the hose now hangs down from the ceiling… not in the way anymore… but your solution is dandy…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 05-27-2011 02:16 AM

Neat idea.

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#11 posted 05-27-2011 04:19 AM

I have a similar problem with my jet, I may have to do something similiar

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#12 posted 05-28-2011 06:25 AM

I have cursed my DW735 many time for this same problem. You motivated me to fix it. Thanks.

-- Steve Good,

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#13 posted 05-28-2011 06:34 AM

I use the Flexible Hose and drum Top made for the DW735… (an accessory)
You have to raise the hose in the middle of it’s run to the drum… so, my hose goes UP from the machine and then Right…. Does not get in my way at all… It’s amazing how much force the 735 has to get the chips out of it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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