Well I’m off to a good start. Tonight I milled my lumber 4/4 down to 3/4” & 1/2”, and was able to cut to length all the 3/4 pieces.
I got to use my new DeWalt 734 planer for the first time (not including test pieces last weekend) and let me tell you I got schooled when it comes to keeping my eye on my DC.
I have a 6 gal shop vac attached to a Onieda cyclone that sits atop a 5 gal bucket. I didn’t empty the 5 gal before I got started… Yeah… Needless to say it filled up fast. Before I knew it chips and dust (more dust then chips) where flying out the front of the machine. Then the board stopped feeding and sat as still as could be.
Of course I shut down the planer immediately, but when something like that happens it seems like it’s in slow motion. In that moment I was sure I ruined my new planer and the lumber… there goes my project (so I thought… for the moment).
After I shut down and took a look at the DC I realized not only had the 5 gal filled up, but the cyclone filled, the 6 gal vac filled, as well as my new planer!
Once I emptied everything and dunged out the planer all was well. I had a slight burn spot which was the result of the feed stopping but that came off with the next pass. Actually the feed did not stop, but there was so much debris that it lost traction.
Sure all the chips and dust coming out of the front should have been my first clue and to tell the truth I did wonder about that (as I fed the next board), but I only thought about the many stories I’ve read about the amount of chips and dust a planer makes. Well now I know better and plan to empty the bucket after or before starting ANY cutting or milling.
I am relieved to know that when the DC bucket is empty the dust collection is very very good.
As for the performance of my new planer (before and after the “Dust Capade”), it’s fantastic. I’m so happy I bought that.
Until next time…
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