Adjusting a DW735 Planer

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01-19-2016 06:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: adjustments dw735 planer level

Hello all,

I’m new to Lumberjocks, and had a question regarding my Dewalt planer, that I’m hoping somebody can help point me in the right direction with.

The issue with the planer, is I am getting an uneven balance on the boards. For example, if I throw a 13” board through it, one side will be 1/32” higher than the other. As well, when pushing a piece of wood through the height adjustment gauge, it shows clearly that one side is 1/32” higher than the other side, as it reads differently for the same piece of wood!

So my question to you guys, is what are the appropriate ways to adjust the level of the planer? I see that the base is fairly sturdy and can’t be moved, but there are bolts near the four posts. Would these help with the fine adjustments, or are there other places I can be looking?

If all bets are off with this, there’s a repair shop down near-by, but I’m hoping to find a way to adjust it here, before calling in the professionals.


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#1 posted 01-19-2016 08:09 PM

Pull the top cover and check the condition and tension of the chain. Perhaps the chain jumped a tooth on the sprockets that raise and lower the four posts. I have never had this issue with mine, just trying to problem solve.

While you are in there, check for a buildup of chips. I once had an issue with chips piling up around the blade cover. When that happens, you can see all kinds of issues. I resolved that issue by replacing the chip ejection fan shroud and the blade shroud.

Also, once the issue is solved try some dry lube spray on the threaded posts. It keeps the height adjustment moving nice and smooth.

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 03:07 AM

Is this a new machine or do your blades have some miles/BF on them? I’d start with making sure the blades were in good condition and then working backwards from there.

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 03:41 AM

It’s not going to be a blade wear issue. Those disposable blades will quit feeding lumber long before they would wear 1/32”.

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

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#4 posted 01-20-2016 03:53 AM

My 735 broke a sprocket….
after chips collected around the posts.
That caused the outfeed end to go all cattywampus….

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#5 posted 01-20-2016 11:29 AM

Are you starting with lumber that has been face jointed to be flat on one side? Twisted stock (even a very slight twist) will cause that kind of behavior—as would a broken sprocket. Might seem like an obvious question, but since it’s not stated, thought it might be worth asking.

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