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Blog entry by iamcliff posted 06-08-2014 11:40 PM 1380 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally added another tool to my shop. It’s my first “big” tool purchase; it’s big for me, at least. I was given my table saw and drill press, so no money spent there. I’ve been wanting to move towards being able to mill my own lumber. This is step 1. Although, I think a band saw is next on the list of tools I need most, then a jointer.

The planer is a DeWalt DW734. I’ve seen it at Lowe’s and have read plenty of reviews. I didn’t want to get the cheapest option (like a 2-knife Porter Cable) and wanted to get the best tool I could get for what I need at this point. I settled on this one: it uses 3 knives and has good reviews. I found it brand new on Amazon marketplace and spent around $60 less than I would have at Lowe’s, which is even after paying $46 for shipping.

It came 2nd day shipping.

I was kind of concerned, to be honest, since the price was so low. Everything looks to be OK so far.

It is a pretty hefty little machine. I was surprised at how much it weighed.

The dust hood was in the little cardboard box.

It has a mirrored surface, I guess to help with blade changes.

It comes with a couple of tools attached behind the carriage. The instruction book says to be sure to remove these before running the planer. I’ll have to make a mental note about that.

I installed the knob to adjust the height. The operation is very smooth. I’ve still got to read some more about how to use it correctly in the instruction booklet.

I’m very excited about this purchase and I hope it helps to take some aspects of my woodworking to another level. I really want a jointer now, but as I said previously, I think a band saw is more needed. There is so much that I can do on a band saw. It was really a toss up between a band saw and the planer. I want a 14” band saw, so it would’ve taken quite a bit longer to save up for it. I’ve at least still got a jig saw.

I’ll update this post once I’ve gotten some use out of it to let you know how it’s working.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9



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gfadvm

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 12:25 AM

You are really going to like having a planer! It will pay for itself very quickly by buying rough sawn rather than finished lumber.

Two tips: don’t throw your ‘disposable’ blades away when they get dull. Get em resharpened. Second: learn how to use a sled to face joint/flatten warped stock with your planer. Not difficult at all.

Enjoy!

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

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Roger

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#2 posted 06-09-2014 12:30 AM

Congrats on the new planer.

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

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iamcliff

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 12:30 AM

Thanks for the tips! I’ve read about using a sled. I will more than likely put that to practice.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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iamcliff

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 12:31 AM

Thanks Roger!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Craftsman on the lake

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 12:46 AM

And take small bites. I hope you have a dust collector.. this puppy makes a ton of chips.

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

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iamcliff

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#6 posted 06-09-2014 01:08 AM

Thanks Craftsman! Actually I plan on mounting it on a mobile base rolling it outside when I need to use it. No dust collection yet, although I desperately wish I did have dust collection.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Sawdust4Blood

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#7 posted 06-09-2014 01:31 AM

I’ve had my DW734 for about 4 years now and I’m just as happy with it as when it was brand new. I’ve often said that no other tool paid for itself faster than my planer because of what it saved me by being able to buy rough lumber.

Be careful with what you run through it, take small bites, and use proper technique and the blades will last a long time.

I’ve also got mine mounted to a rolling miter saw stand. That works well but you’re gonna want some form of dust collection… this baby makes chips like you won’t believe.

Knife changes are done from the top. The mirror smooth surface is necessary to get stock to slide through without hanging up on the table and that brings up another point… without dust collection, your feed rollers are a lot more likely to get dirty and cause stock not to feed through. If you have a problem with boards hanging up part way through, cleaning the rollers would be the first thing I would do.

Enjoy it, you got a winner with that little machine.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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whitebeast88

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#8 posted 06-09-2014 07:06 AM

congrats on the new planer.i’ve had mine a year and a half and love it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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robscastle

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#9 posted 06-09-2014 08:20 AM

Thats a nice machine you havre there, get a dust extractor pronto or you risk ruining your timber, these monsters turn timber into chips real fast.

You may also want to consider modifying the chute and remove the 90 deg turn, it may block up something chronic when you have large work being processed! certainly remove the reducer!

Check with the LJs that have the same machine and commented.
(It may not be an issue)

Have a look at a mod I did to my machine,it was done purely to prevent clogging.

The port had a small outlet similar to yours,

Enjoy it and wear hearing protection !!

n

-- Regards Robert

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iamcliff

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#10 posted 06-09-2014 10:08 AM

Thanks for the tips everyone. Much appreciated.

Wow, looks like I may need to make dust collection a priority. I have a small Rigid brand shop vac. Would something small like that work? I would just have to get the right sized hose to hook up to the planer. I have been wanting to get one of those small cyclone separators, like a Dust Deputy, but I guess I don’t absolutely have to have one of those before I can use my shop vac as dust collection, I guess.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 06-09-2014 11:02 AM

iam, robcastle has a point but I have the same 90 degree attachment and the chips all go into the dust collection unit. If you didn’t use a dust collector and plan on using it outdoors, I’d leave the angled port off for now.

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 06-09-2014 11:03 AM

iam, robcastle has a point but I have the same 90 degree attachment and the chips all go into the dust collection unit. If you didn’t use a dust collector and plan on using it outdoors, I’d leave the angled port off for now.

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

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 06-09-2014 01:57 PM

The shop vac will work BUT it will be packed full of shavings in minutes depending on how much you are planning. Not sure if my shop made chip separator would work with a shop vac.

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

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robscastle

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#14 posted 06-11-2014 11:37 PM

Forgot to mention, along with end grain dont put your veneer inlay work in the thicknesser,
Results being as below:

Read and weep
Oct 2011

-- Regards Robert

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iamcliff

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#15 posted 06-12-2014 12:26 AM

Rob: ouch, thanks for the tip! I actually just heard something a few weeks ago about not putting end grain through. Some guy put his end grain cutting board through and was standing behind the planer and somehow the cutting board jammed then it sounded like a gunshot and the board shot out. So I made a mental note that day.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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