Help.....the snipes are running wild.

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Blog entry by mike85215 posted 10-25-2009 11:54 PM 1709 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay I have a problem….I purchased a new DeWalt 734 planer a couple of weeks ago brought it home and did the obligatory test run. It seemed to run fine but it did have a snipe problem. I did not have the time to deal with it then and just put it in a corner of my shop to wait for another time.
Well yesterday that time came. I am beginning a new project (four mission oak end tables), and tried to get the planer to work properly. I have tried to adjust both the infeed and the outfeed tables to no avail.
There is about two inches of snipe cut on the feed side of the boards and about one and a half on the outfeed.
I know that there are plenty of people on here that know the solution…..just need someone to help me out.

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#1 posted 10-26-2009 12:08 AM

No personal expertise, but I found a lot of insight here:

I’m glad to know. I’ve been casually looking at planers, myself. Good luck!

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 10-26-2009 12:10 AM
Try this and see if it helps.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#3 posted 10-26-2009 12:18 AM

I have the 734 Dewalt. I had snipe on the infeed, but after raising the infeed table up at a slight angle, I don’t get snipe at either end now. My outfeed was already slightly elevated, probably adjusted by the previous owner to fix snipe but I don’t know for sure. For some very long, heavy boards I was planing, I did get a little snipe on each end, but when I ran it through again, being careful to support the boards by hand, I had no snipe. Good luck.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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John Ormsby

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#4 posted 10-26-2009 01:01 AM

I adjust my rollers so they just grab the wood enough to move the wood through the machine. Too much pressure will force the boards up and create snipe. The other thing is to make sure the board has been flattened on a jointer. The board will always have snipe if the it is not flat on the down side. The wood will twist and create snipe if not flat.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#5 posted 10-26-2009 01:31 AM

I had same problem with my planner it delta not same model but what I did to fix it was like all ready said but I think that they have left out some first if it brand new you need to clean the tables and wax them and if it used I would do this any way if you haven’t all ready and second before you start adjusting infeed and outfeed rolls I get the owner Manuel out and check blades to see if there all seated right and then I would check rolls and chip breaker to see if there in adjustment the problem with mine was chipbreaker was to low and when pass the chipbreaker wood would pop up cause a snipe hope this help you woodman

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#6 posted 10-26-2009 01:58 AM

How thin are you planing. I don’t get snipe unless I get thinner than 1/2 inch then I start to get it. What I do then is just make my rough cuts 6 inchs longer than I need and recut after I have planed to my thickness.

-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#7 posted 10-26-2009 12:22 PM

Try these sites; it is a Ridgid site but the advice is pretty good.

I had a terrible time with snipe too on my Ridgid. Two things that worked very well: lift the board just slightly on the infeed and the outfeed (sort of like adjusting the tables but easier) and, if you can, send the wood in at a slight angle. Both worked for me and I get very little snipe.


-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 10-26-2009 07:34 PM

Being a novice….....what’s a snipe?

(Only snipe I know about is the ones you were supposed to catch in a bag, in the dark of night at scout camp, never did see one!)

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 10-27-2009 03:40 AM

Snipe is an undesired deeper cut on the workpiece being machined. On the planer, it usually happens to the leading and trailing ends of the board being planed because only one feed roller is holding the board down and the end of the board lifts up into the cutterhead.

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#10 posted 10-27-2009 04:57 AM

I’ve got one of these. The infeed and outfeed wings need to tip slightly up. Mine do and I’ve never had snipe but when I have long heavy boards I need to slightly lift them when they finish.

If it’s doing it on short pieces…. are you locking the blade with the locking bar before planing?

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

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