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Posted on Dewalt 735 Knife Change

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 03:01 AM


I’m the happy proud owner of the same machine. I’ve only put through about 100 board feet so far and noticed 1 very important thing with mine.. actually two now that I think about it… the first is the temperature outside; I see you live in Minnesota so I’m sure you’re fully acclimated with temperature swings but may have a heated shop which I don’t yet but I found that mine didn’t plane well at all in the colder temps. The second thing I noticed was it would sort of pause or skip too. I was going to flip my knives until I read that usually it’s not the knives its dirty rollers. I took some mineral spirits on a rag, raised the planer up so I could get my hand in, and wiped down the front and back roller… then flipped the switch for a second and turned it back off and wiped them again. I do this every 2nd or 3rd time I use it and it’s working much much smoother, no snipe, or tear out. I also heard that you should put the boards in at a 1PM to 7PM angle if at all possible. Anyway you may have already heard these tricks but if not I hope it helps you with not having to prematurely change blades too often.

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