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Forum topic by txn posted 06-26-2015 01:49 AM 1111 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2015 01:49 AM

i have searched and searched stuff to get my 735 snipe free to no avail. How have tall set your tables to be snipe free I’m getting it on both indeed side and out feed side. I have the tables set right now with a slight camber I put a straight edge on the main table with pennies under it and have the furthest point of the table touching the straight edge and even at the main.

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#1 posted 06-26-2015 02:26 AM

I was having snipe (or maybe divot) issues even with the tables lifted a little bit and manually supported the boards with some extra upward pressure. I was also having feed issues so I ended up cleaning the rollers (mineral spirits? rubbing alcohol? I forget but it was what was recommended here on LJs) and that completely fixed the feed issues and what little I’ve used it since the snipe/divot seems gone as well. Might be worth considering but be really careful when wiping the rollers down, the blades aren’t that far away.

Good luck. Oh, and to your direct question I think my tables might have been an 1/8” high? It’s a little buried in my messy garage right now or I’d check for sure.

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#2 posted 06-26-2015 03:29 AM

I have this planer: Just keep rising the far end of the in-feed and out-feed tables until the snipe is gone. I have zero snipe after doing this. Mine are up about 3/8” each end. I usually am planing 24” long cedar boards.

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#3 posted 06-26-2015 06:06 AM

I lift the board slightly on The output side and no more snipe. Also I feed boards end to end one after another and no snipe. I only have to lift up on the last board.

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#4 posted 06-26-2015 01:32 PM

I’ve had some snipe issues that were related to feed issues. I had planed a lot of resinous yellow pine for a workbench and the feed rollers were dirty. Cleaning them resolved my issues. It’s worth a shot…especially if you’ve been planing resinous woods.


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#5 posted 06-26-2015 02:00 PM

I have the dewalt planer and don’t have any snipe at all. The tables look as if they are raised on each end so that may be the reason I don’t have that problem. I’ve never adjusted anything only cleaned the rollers. I do know you have to keep them clean or it won’t feed.


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#6 posted 06-26-2015 02:14 PM

I ve had some snipe issues that were related to feed issues. I had planed a lot of resinous yellow pine for a workbench and the feed rollers were dirty. Cleaning them resolved my issues. It s worth a shot…especially if you ve been planing resinous woods.

- PatrickH

That sounds just like my situation except that when i actually measured with a set of calipers I didn’t have snipe but rather just a divot where you would expect the snipe to normally end. Out of curiosity, do you know for sure you had snipe and not a divot?

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#7 posted 06-26-2015 11:04 PM

The feed rollers are clean and I’ve gotten it down to 2 in of snipe on a 30” board I guess I’ll raise the outermost parts even more.

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#8 posted 06-26-2015 11:51 PM

I’ve been trying to think through what’s actually happening here (as I do each time I see this question come up). It seems to me that for angling up the in/out feed tables to help anything it would actually have to be done enough that the part of the board under the first feed roller is lifted off the table by the time the board hits the cutter head. If not, then it seems it would not actually push the carriage up any more than if the board were completely flat.

If the issue is carriage/mount flex then this still won’t fix it (though it could reduce it) because the carriage will just flex even more when the additional load is put on the second roller. Further, the load on each roller will vary as the ends of the board ride up and down the sloped tables creating even more thickness variations away from the ends.

On the other hand, if the issues is not flex but slop or play then I could see the the snipe being more or less fixed by in/out feed table slope which is sufficient to lift the board off the table by the amount of the slop present.

All of this is assuming that the actual leading edge of the board is not lifting off the table due to the rest of the long board being cantilevered out and unsupported. So many of the reports I see state that they are doing that or just feeding short boards and still have the issue so I suspect that’s not normally the cause.

Anyways, thoughts? is there something wrong with my reasoning or concerns about non-snipe board thickness variations caused by tilting tables?

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#9 posted 06-27-2015 12:25 AM

wonder if MythBusters could help out with this topic, as it is a wide spread problem with countless answers. I’ll say, I never have snipe issues on my lunchbox planer. Granted, I have a different setup than most and have not put too much BF thru yet to quantify a difference.

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#10 posted 06-27-2015 12:34 AM

Adjust your tables a little higher. Enough so there is 1/8” or a little more under the straightedge.

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