I Love My Dewalt 735 Planer But......

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Blog entry by lew posted 02-28-2013 09:04 PM 3170 reads 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago, I purchased a Dewalt 735 planer to replace my tired and worn Bridgewood Lunch Box planer. The Dewalt has features not found in the early model bench top machines and I love it. If there could be one improvement, it would be the location of the chip exhaust port. When the chip collection hose is attached, it constantly gets tangled with pieces moving on the outfeed table. I normally use a bungee cord to tie back the hose.

Then a light bulb went on….

I had a 4” x 90° elbow in my collection of dust collector pieces. All that was needed was a method of mating the Dewalt port to the elbow. A piece of wood should work fine.

Starting with a piece of 2x material paper glued to a faceplate on the lathe..

Turn the outside diameter to fit the inside of the elbow and the center to fit over the Dewalt chip port.

Drill the spring button hole and cut the capture pin track…

Separate the piece from the faceplate, at the paper joint…

Cleanup the inside at the oscillating spindle sander and do a little modification to prevent the piece from pressing against the planers plastic housing and attach the elbow to the wooded bushing with some short screws..

Works great. Out of pocket costs $0.00!

Now what can I do with that old bungee cord?!?

Thanks for looking!!

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

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Rex B

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 09:10 PM

I love solutions like that! Nice work.

-- Rex

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 09:12 PM

Nice fix!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 09:34 PM

well i always knew you were smart fella, but now you have gone and really impressed me…i love finding solutions for free…im sure your happy now…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sam Shakouri

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 09:42 PM

It is good solution and fix. You would have even better result if you kept the collection hose as straight as possible.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 10:10 PM

Nice, I agree the ose is always in my way, need to do something about that too. Well done.

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 10:14 PM

You won’t have any trouble with your new setup. I use a keychain strap, which puts a sharp bend in the hose. No problems with dust collection at all.
nice mod.

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

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 10:17 PM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 10:21 PM

I’m sure the folks at DeWalt knew this setup would present challenges for all who bought this machine. Your bungee cord or my rope to the ceiling seem to work OK. A workable shoot with this machine or an after market type would seem an easy sell. I don’t agree with Sam above. The easy 90 degree bend has never been a problem for my dust collector. I like your fix Lew…........................

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 10:36 PM

Nice, Lew!

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#10 posted 02-28-2013 11:00 PM

AND WHY are the shop arts leaving our public schools? I cant think of a better way to teach problem solving and critical thinking skills…BUT YOU CANT show your skills via a multiple choice test…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 03-01-2013 12:37 AM

Great idea.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#12 posted 03-01-2013 01:15 AM

Nice job Lew.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 03-01-2013 12:45 PM

Gr8 fix Lew. It’s amazing how we can all be a bit of an engineer and a fabricator of all things. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 03-01-2013 12:55 PM

I will take one. Are you taking orders for us non-lathe owners?

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#15 posted 03-01-2013 01:12 PM

I dont have a “real” dust collection set up, and my planer is certainly the worst at needing it. The first time I fired this DW735 up it was like a JET BLAST throwing those chips out :-)

I had the same issue as you (and everyone else who has one of these) with the ejector chute being in the wrong place. Then a fellow LJ offered me the trashcan boot for the 735 (THANKS s-grifter! ) and I came up with a temporary solution using stovepipe and a few adjustable fittings. This thread shows my setup. AT first I tried a cardboard box, BIG mistake:-), and eventually I ended up with a big Rubbermaid trashcan that works well for now.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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