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Forum topic by Bobby posted 03-11-2010 03:46 PM 1798 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bobby

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03-11-2010 03:46 PM

Hope I have this in the right forum… it’s my first time starting a new thread.

I have the DeWalt DW 734 12/.5 thickness planer. I’m very satisfied with it… it has been a real workhorse for me during the year I’ve been using it. However, I have found a flaw in it’s design and am wondering if there’s anything I can do to fix it.

The sawdust, or a better way of putting it – wood chips that it produces is shot out under the outfeed table. DeWalt provides a – for lack of a better word – hood or shute that screws on to cover the discharge and a 4 inch hose connects to it allowing me point it to my trash can. This is a marverlous way to keep most of the sawdust off the floor. But it only looks good on paper. The shute always blocks up, causing the wood chips to exit from the front of the machine, making a very neat mound around my ankles, and is shoveled up once I’ve finished the job. Has anyone else had this problem with this planer and have you found a solution?

Thanks in advance

—Bobby


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bayspt

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 04:36 PM

Bobby, How long a hose are you useing? Is it possible you are restricting the flow enough that the chip ejector fan can’t overcome it? I have the same planer and haven’t had that problem. Before I built my cyclone, I proped up a piece of ply infront of the 4” hose connector to deflect the chips. Now I use it with my cyclone and shop vac, so the shop vac gives it extra pull.

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 04:38 PM

You’re missing the most important piece – a dust collector. That 4” hose is supposed to be fed to a dust collector, not just pointed somewhere out of the way. – lol

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SKFrog16

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 04:41 PM

If you have a large shop vac with a 2 1/2 inch hose, get an adapter for 4 to 2 1/2 and suck them wood chips out. PROBLEM CURED.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 04:42 PM

Everyone else is right also. you need to be suck them chips out of the way.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

#5 posted 03-11-2010 09:54 PM

I have the DW733 with the exact same dust hood. Don’t think you won’t ever get chips on your feet again. If you’re planing anything except 12.5” wide wood, a few chips will still come out of the front, even with good dust collection. But you should only have to lightly sweep when you’re done, not shovel!!

There should be a spot on the left and right sides of the dust hood to put a small screw (#10 fine thread??) to hold the hood down in position. That will aid in your planer dust collection. Otherwise, upgrade to the DW735, which from what I’ve heard shoots chips out the back so powerfully you don’t need a vac or DC!! Just a hose pointed at a garbage can like you’ve already done. Too bad our planers won’t do that. I just use a 2.5” to 4” adapter and my shop-vac. It does the job quite well.

I’ve seen one guy take the hood off his planer and let the chips fly out of the rear in to a big cardboard box. It actually catches most of the chips. The only chips that make a mess are the ones that fall on top of the board as it exits the planer, and he shakes/brushes most of that in the box also. Just another idea.

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Bobby

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 04:41 AM

May I quote a very wise man – “DOH!!!”
Homer Simpson.

I’m feeling very stupid… and I can only guess what you guys will think of me when you read this.

About 8 years ago my better half bought me a small Delta dust collector and told me that I should be using it whenever I’m cutting wood or doing anything that produces sawdust. Yeah. Good luck with that.

My shop is very small so it is really a royal pain in the butt to have to move 2 things out of the way so that I can wheel it out. About the only time I use it is when I’m doing a lot of sanding. I just drop the hose on the table and sand away.

Did I mention that this DC has … get this… a 4” hose. I think I read somewhere in this post that the planer has a 4” outlet. Duh.

Thanks everyone for helping me remember that I have the tool I need to fix the problem.

—Bobby

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Bobby

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 02:21 PM

I guess it’s back to the drawing board. It seems that my DC doesn’t have enough power to suck the chips. I couldn’t wait to get it hooked up and stop the mountain that would blow out of the planer. I tried everything, including a short hose. My next option would be to use my Shop-Vac but that has me wondering… wouldn’t it be faster to just sweep it up than it would be to empty it out every 5 minutes? But I will give it a try.

—Bobby

#8 posted 03-17-2010 02:34 PM

Sorry the DC didn’t work (I’m very surprised actually, that a DC direct-connected didn’t have the oomph to pull chips from a 4” opening…).

I don’t know if you saw what I mentioned in my above reply so, here’s the important part:
“I just use a 2.5” to 4” adapter and my shop-vac. It does the job quite well.

I’ve seen one guy take the hood off his planer and let the chips fly out of the rear in to a big cardboard box. It actually catches most of the chips. The only chips that make a mess are the ones that fall on top of the board as it exits the planer, and he shakes/brushes most of that in the box also.”

Best wishes!!

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 03:28 PM

Bobby,

Kunk has the right idea. Look into a Thein Cyclone separator. You can see a demo at the Thein website. It’ using what looks like a Home Depot shop vacumn. I built one for my planer and my 1.5 hp DC.

Good luck!

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#10 posted 04-02-2010 02:37 AM

YAHOO!!! I got my wood chip from the planer problem fixed!

There is a grate on the top of my DC… I took it off. I then did what a few other peope have done here… I took the DC bags to the landramat. I didn’t want to take the chance of the wife finding out that I did them in her washer. Lastly, someone mentioned that the hood on the planer wasn’t sealed enough for the DC to get maximum sucking power. So… I took some double sided tape and sealed it tight. I tried it yesterday and was doing the happy dance when I finished. There really wasn’t enough chips on the floor that required sweeping. Thanks to all who gave me suggestions.

—Bobby

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#11 posted 04-02-2010 04:48 AM

well i can see you have tackled all the problems and got it all solved…as i read your problem i knew what the answer was…but those ahead of me took care of it..yea the chip deflector is there for when you don’t have a dc..and i wondered if you took it out…i can see you doing that happy dance…lol…....less time sweeping and cleaning means more quality wood working…have fun…grizzman

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