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Forum topic by Jim Dawson posted 06-01-2016 03:38 AM 300 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Dawson

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06-01-2016 03:38 AM

I decided I needed to buy my first planer but limited myself to around $400 new or used. I have been watching Craigs list and up popped a like new Dewalt DW735 with in/out wings, sealed set of new blades and the Dewalt mobile base. all about 8 months old. I managed to pick it up for $475 – close enough to my budgeted amount.

Now I have to find something to build that requires that I plane something so I can learn to use it.

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#1 posted 06-01-2016 04:08 AM

Wax the beds often. Take small bites. Feed rising grain first. Knots are murder on your blades as there is no ‘right’ feed direction. Don’t worry about small chips in your blades, their tracks erase quickly with the sander. There will always be some snipe, start long and cut off the snipe. A DRO is a big help if your vision isn’t so hot. Use a 4” vac line – invest in the exhaust hood. Use hearing protection as the planer is usually the loudest tool in the shop. If you’re feeding lots of pieces or long stock get a helper.


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#2 posted 06-01-2016 04:10 AM

Thanks for the tips, Mark.

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