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Forum topic by Tachyon posted 05-16-2016 02:28 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tachyon

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05-16-2016 02:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer dewalt wixey

I have a DeWalt DW 735 planer and I bought a Wixey Digital Planer WR 510 type 2. I’m trying to mount it so that I can use it but it doesn’t look right. When I hold the Wixey assembly against the black metal scale on the right side of the DW 735 it isn’t level. The top of the Wixey assembly tilts away from me slightly. Wouldn’t this prevent it from giving accurate readings? Doesn’t the Wixey assembly need to be parallel to the black metal piece it attaches to on the DW 735?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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distrbd

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 03:26 PM

Maybe this will help:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCQMFQkzfPc
here’s another:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY80MMSt_C4

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 05:00 PM

Is your black metal scale tilted. The Wixey should be parallel to the black metal strip.

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distrbd

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 05:16 PM

I am debating whether I should do this upgrade or not,what would I gain by installing the DRO? it looks like it would let me know what thickness I’m at but most often I don’t need to know that information , as long as the pieces are all the same thickness.
Can anyone who own this device chime in?

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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bbasiaga

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 05:26 PM

I think you pretty much figured it out. If you do things one off…don’t need the DRO. You either don’t care the exact size or can take light passes and check a fit in a Dado or something as you go. If you need to reproduce things, or save manufacturing time, then once you get something dialed in you can go right back to those settings and get exactly the same thing.

I’m in the same spot as you…looks like a nice thing to have hut not sure I really need it.

Brian

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

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Tachyon

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 06:33 PM

Thanks for the videos, distrbd. The first video shows installation but doesn’t mention the tilt. I guess he just didn’t mind it.

dschlic1, The black metal strip on the right side of the 735 is a part of the planer and removing it wouldn’t be a good idea. It isn’t tilted but it has a rounded “bump out” at the top and bottom. The Wixey metal strip touches the top below the bump out but at the bottom is touches the bottom bump out and that’s what’s causing the problem.

I Emailed Wixey but they haven’t responded yet.

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distrbd

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#6 posted 05-16-2016 06:35 PM


once you get something dialed in you can go right back to those settings and get exactly the same thing.

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Brian

- bbasiaga


That’s the one scenario I thought of , that the DRO would help.
Thanks for your comment.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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distrbd

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#7 posted 05-16-2016 06:45 PM



Thanks for the videos, distrbd. The first video shows installation but doesn t mention the tilt. I guess he just didn t mind it.

dschlic1, The black metal strip on the right side of the 735 is a part of the planer and removing it wouldn t be a good idea. It isn t tilted but it has a rounded “bump out” at the top and bottom. The Wixey metal strip touches the top below the bump out but at the bottom is touches the bottom bump out and that s what s causing the problem.

I Emailed Wixey but they haven t responded yet.

- Tachyon


No problem ,I’m sure you’ll find the answer to your question.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Bill White

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#8 posted 05-16-2016 08:14 PM

I may sound like an old Fa@t, but why don’t ya just use a caliper?
I creep up on thickening just as I would when using a manual plane. Once the final thickness is established, all is well to process the balance of the stock.
I’m of the opinion that we rely too much on the battery eaters to determine our success.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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distrbd

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#9 posted 05-16-2016 09:24 PM

of course I look at these gadgets as a hobby woodworker but in a professional setting ( as mentioned previously), it would make a lot of sense to know the exact distances,thicknesses,etc for obvious reasons .

I honestly have no intention of discouraging the op(Tachyon) from buying this tool, in fact I’m very interested in reading his review of the DRO and his opinion.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#10 posted 05-17-2016 12:20 AM

It’s been a few years, and I’m not near my shop, but I think I can remember using a few washers behind the upper mounting to space the piece enough to make it vertical. I’ll have to remember to look at it tomorrow.

Charley

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dschlic1

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#11 posted 05-17-2016 05:17 PM

Try looking at these pictures:
http://wixey.com/planer/fit/dewalt735_01.html

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Tachyon

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#12 posted 05-18-2016 02:39 AM

An employee of Wixey said this:
“As long as the scale on our system is not tilted our by more than 1/8-3/16 inch the error will only be about .001” and since the resolution is .005” you will not notice any difference. If it is out more than that you would want to add a shim at the bottom to make it perfectly parallel with the travel of your cutter head.”

I used a washer and some E6000 glue to position the readout’s frame and then proceeded to drill and place the screws. It’s working fine now. Thanks for the help, everyone.

The reason I want to use the digital readout is I’m making some projects with my 2 sons. The projects call for boards of specific thicknesses. It’s nice to just set the thickness I want, run it through, and then move on to the next step. The first project is making wooden animal-shaped puzzles with our scroll saw.

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distrbd

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#13 posted 05-18-2016 01:03 PM


The reason I want to use the digital readout is I m making some projects with my 2 sons. The projects call for boards of specific thicknesses.- Tachyon


That makes sense ,best of luck with the project, let us know how it goes.

It s nice to just set the thickness I want, run it through, and then move on to the next step. The first project is making wooden animal-shaped puzzles with our scroll saw.

- Tachyon


I’m sure you know this already but I find DW735 can not take bigger bites than 1/16” from the stock, anything over 1/16” will be a struggle with the rollers /blades, I have kept the same set of blades on my 735 for 3 years now using this 1/16” rules as my guide which translates to 1/3 of a turn on the handle.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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