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Forum topic by I_Need_More_Lumber posted 03-15-2016 05:27 AM 1030 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2016 05:27 AM

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Hello all! This is my first post. Hopefully I am in the right location here.

So I recently got myself a DW735X planer from Amazon. It looked like a great deal while they were offering that specific model for $600 with free shipping.

Yesterday, I decided to do some real work with it for the first time. I have been gluing some scrap hardwoods together and planing them down to make some cutting boards. The boards consist of various hardwoods like maple, walnut, teak, mahogany, red oak, white oak, and ipe.

So far, I have ran about 200 LF with the boards being about 12” wide. While I was running the planer today, I noticed the handle rotating in the direction that raises the planer. When I noticed this problem, I stopped making 32nd” passes and started to make 64th” passes. The problem continued and resorted to having to hold the handle in place.

Has anybody else had this problem or any suggestions?

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 05:40 AM

That shouldn’t be happening. I might get about 0.005” change on my digital readout from one end to the other, but certainly nothing major like you’re talking about.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 06:25 AM

I have not had that problem with the 735, but I DID have that problem with a different make of planer in the past. Vibration caused the adjusting wheel to turn. The answer then was to put a bungee cord on the handle to keep it from turning.

But if you’ve got excessive vibration, and the machine is new and still under warranty, I would consider a return for replacement.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 07:17 AM

Isn’t the DW 735 supposed to have an automatically self locking head? I used to have a Grizzly 15” planer that would do that. Drove me nuts. Didn’t matter how hard I cranked down the locking knobs.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#4 posted 03-15-2016 10:15 AM

My Ridgid planer did the same thing once with some white oak
The solution was to put new blades in and it runs as should

-- David

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 02:25 PM

My Delta has done that, but it was because I didn’t lock the adjustment. Could that be your issue,too.

-- John - Huntington Beach, CA --- Growth occurs when we get out of our comfort zone.

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#6 posted 03-15-2016 02:58 PM

I don’t know how you are setting your thickness, but I saw somewhere to set the thickness by always lowering to the desired thickness, not raising up to it. That’s how I set mine and have not had any creeping issues.

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#7 posted 03-15-2016 06:18 PM

You might try giving DeWalt service a call.

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#8 posted 03-15-2016 06:42 PM

Also make sure it is on a very flat, stable surface.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#9 posted 03-15-2016 07:00 PM

Is it really changing the setting or just rattling out the crank backlash? You are also feeding a full width piece with glue lines that are very tough on blades & planers.


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#10 posted 03-18-2016 02:48 AM

W A R R A N T Y ! ! !

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#11 posted 03-18-2016 04:12 AM

Dull knives

-- Aj

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