Benchtop thickness planer (Dewalt 733) #2: Dust collection port quick release mod.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-09-2013 06:12 PM 13822 reads 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Benchtop thickness planer
Dust collection port quick release mod.

So here we are at part two:
The dust collection is said to clog up and since I will be using the small size hose I want to be able to easy clean the port if it should happen.
But more important for me is to make the planer portable…
I am completely surprised that Dewalt can make a portable planer and then make a fixed port that goes on with tiny metal screws and after you can’t close it up for transportation, without a screwdriver and the luck of not losing the tiny screws. My dear!!! It is so stupid that it should be against the law I think.
So after watching fishfreak911’s video I decided to make my own version of this mod.

Dust collection port quick release:

So here you see the planer open and the dust collection hood on the in feed table.
Please also notice my sexy hose mod with blue paint tape…
Rome was not build in one day.

So the port is mounted on to the cutter with tiny metal screws here…

And here…
As you can see – easy to access and screw especially on site in withers time with gloves…

So first part of the mod id to drill three holes just under the edge of the hood and drive three self-cutting screws, this makes a fine support for the hoods underside.

Like this.
The screws are the type used for metal frame plasterboard systems, they have a nice big head that can support the port fine.

And here you see it with the hood taken off.

Instead of the two top screws in each side I mount one of these fast clicks that can lock the hood in place with the need of no tools.
Again predrilled holes and self-cutting screws, but you can also use rivets here instead.

Locked position.
Ready for use.
Easy to remove.

Look how fine it stores away inside and please notice I keep ear protection at hand, this is a noisy beast.

So closed up and ready to go.

This is such an easy mod, that it took 15 minutes and will make life sooooooooooooo much more easily later, that I think it is not worth not doing.

A big thank you to fishfreak911 for his video that got me going on this.

Hope this can bring some inspiration. perhaps even some mod’s.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 06:52 PM

Well done!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 07:08 PM


Wish Dewalt would have re-positioned the exhaust port on the 735.

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

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 07:27 PM

I just bought a 733 – this goes on the project list.

-- Miles

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 08:00 PM

Yet more useful information gathered and shared by MAFE. Welcome back buddy!

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 08:53 PM

Hi guys,
Yes it is amazing they do not learn…
But this mod is so easy that it is no problem.

I just saw on the left that this will be my post no 7777, so even I feel I have no time for LJ, it seems that I do have some after all.
Hope to spend more time with my tools in the time that comes after my moving.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 08:59 PM

I wondered if you were going to do the dust port mod. I think I like your mod over fishfreak911’s. Yours take less time and accomplishes the same goal. You could also do a sexy tape mod by using some shiny gold duct tape, LOL.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 09:02 PM

Too bad the 733 dust port clogs. Otherwise I have heard good things. The 735 has an internal blower that keeps it from clogging – with or without a dust collector. In regards to Lew’s comments – I havn’t had any problems with the 735’s dust port location. I use a keyring strap to hold the 4” hose out of the way. It always stays on the planer, and goes on in a snap.

Nice mod.

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

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 09:11 PM

Willie, we cant buy the 735 in Denmark… This was the top of the pop here. If the clog is really a problem I will make a new port for it, I doubt it, but it is now a lot easier if it happens.
Doug, smiles here, yeaaa a video where I use golden duct tape, that is not a bad idea!
Best thoughts guys,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 09:23 PM

doo daa doo daa … Mads is doing his magic again
not even powertools can be safe from upgrading
when Mads playing with his muscle … the brain

ok I stop trying to be poetic … :-)
thanks Mads just in time to save a little problem I have to solve

take care

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#10 posted 01-10-2013 03:16 AM

well im trying to stay up with this but im getting confused with the MODS AND THE MADS AND i think its more then i can handle today…lol… going to let dennis figure this out and print something that would be understandable…wait did i say dennis write it understandable….i did…...well dennis you have the floor…but if i read all of this right, you took your planer and mod the vac system so that mads would have an easier life with his planer…is this right dennis….mads did i get it…lol….grizz

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

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#11 posted 01-10-2013 03:22 AM

very cool where did you get the parts I want to do this to my 733

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#12 posted 01-10-2013 10:57 AM

This was a great solution Mads. I’m not surprised that it gets jammed. It always amazes me how fast my 50 gallon (200 liter) vacuum drum fills up when I do some jointing/planing. It has been a relief that I mostly work with small projects now and I usually handplane what I need. Maybe your planer exhaust might not jam so much if you take light passes.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-10-2013 01:47 PM

Very good Mads. It’s amazing how things like this will help your health in the long run.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 01-10-2013 02:49 PM

Neat idea!

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#15 posted 01-10-2013 04:25 PM

I completed this mod on my 733 last night, with a few differences that made it even easier.

It looks like there have been some changes to the 733’s design—mine is slightly different from Mafe’s in that the piece in which you mount the new screws is cast metal (I think magnesium) rather than plastic (or is Mafe’s just painted?), and there are already built-in plastic clips on the top of the plenum. So all I did was drill two holes in the magnesium and tap them for broad-head machine screws. The top is held in place by the plastic clips, rather than by a draw clasp.

It’s probably not as strong, but it seems to do the trick.

Closeup of the top right-hand clip:

The two new screws below the plenum:

-- Miles

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