Benchtop thickness planer
Mounting Wixey digital readout
Some months ago I finally got myself a thickness planer.
After reading tons of tests I decided to look for the Dewalt 733 (Europe model).
The reason was that it seemed to be a real workhorse and everyone seemed to love it once they got it.
Also it has a four point lock mechanism that makes it the planer on the marked with the least snipe.
Finally the knifes are easy to get and to get at a fair price.
After looking for a while I got a good deal app. 650 dollar, that’s 350 dollar of the normal price in Denmark (We pay app. double than you for Dewalt products…), the retail price is 950 dollar here.
I only ran a few meters of pine for a project in the workshop, so I will not make a review yet, but it did the job just perfect and was so easy to use that I will guess a child of six could operate it…
Ok, not a good idea!!!
When I was searching for info on the planer I fell over this video on YouTube, it is a guy that goes by the name fishfreak911 that made it and he shows his two mods. First the digital readout and then the dust collection port mod, both are cool upgrades and I decided to do both, and take pictures in case others want to follow.
Here it is, my new planer, running its first board.
Yes I am a happy guy, no doubt!
So I purchased the Wixey digital readout from Ebay UK and it was delivered in DK only few days later.
Here the specifications.
It came in hard plastic pack and with all the screws and mounting needed and a fine manual on how to mount it on different brands of planers.
Here pictures from the fast view on the back of the pack.
And the rest.
Inside was also a really good step by step, that made it quite simple to mount, but not piece of cake I think.
Here a link to the Pdf manual: http://www.wixey.com/planer/owners/images/wr510_instructions.pdf
(Why I made this blog).
On this picture you see the normal readout.
Here you see the threaded holes that we use later.
Now mount the screw in the height adjustment bolt under the readout.
I used some water pipe tape to make it stay.
Now level the planer table with the readout, while adjusting the screw.
I used a straight edge.
The front of the readout should be by the front side of the inside of the planer cabinet.
Edge to edge.
Remove the tape protection.
Put the readout in place.
And pull up the arm.
Drill a hole for the readout.
And one more in the top.
Here the self-cutting bolts.
Yes, the top also.
Now mount the brace for the cutter head in the holes from earlier.
And the brace on the readout.
Hold them over each other.
And screw them together.
And we got a digital readout mounted on the planer.
Nice – yeaaaaaaaa!
The display with fast easy calibration.
That’s it, I will see if I can make a blog later about using it and a review when used it for a while.
Hope this can bring some inspiration. perhaps even some mod’s.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.