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Walt M.

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1588 days ago

I have a dewalt 734 planner and sometimes the board stops moving thru it and I have to push it thru . I’m only taking a 1/32 off or less, most boards are 2” to 6” wide so I know I’m not exceeding any limits here anymore than a 1/32 and the board won’t go thru at all. The planner is pretty new and I’ve checked the rollers for anything that might cause this. I set the in and outfeed tables slightly higher(on the outermost points) to reduce snipe and have used a little wax on the bed otherwise I haven’t done anything to it. Is this common or do others have this problem?


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#1 posted 1588 days ago

I would clean the rollers with acetone or something similar. That seems to help on mine.

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#2 posted 1588 days ago

me too on the acetone or minerl spirits

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 1588 days ago

my ryobi does this sometimes, i just give a push with my hand or with the next board

-- Derek, Iowa

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#4 posted 1586 days ago


I use a product by Bostik called Topcote. It coats the surface of your tools, table saw, planer bed, joiner bed, router table and makes them really, really slick. I was having the same problem with my 735 DeWalt planer and it fixed that problem right up. You do have to keep putting the stuff on every now and then, but it really does work, and I haven’t seen any side effects during my finishing from any that might have rubbed off. It runs for around $18 a can from woodworkers supply. I haven’t looked for it any place else, so I am not sure if it might be cheaper.

Hope this helps.

Aaron Taylor
Hebron LLC – Magdalena, New Mexico

-- "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops."--Cary Grant from the movie Arsenic and Old Lace

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#5 posted 1586 days ago

I usually clean the rollers off with a micro-fiber cloth. I do this pretty often and don’t wait until I have to. Keeps the lumber moving.

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#6 posted 1586 days ago

is your planer connected to a dust collection system? Back up of chips/dust on the rollers due to inefficient extraction can cause them to lose grip. With my 734 this is almost always the cause of boards not getting pulled through. Correcting the dust collection problem and cleaning the rollers with mineral spirits has fixed the problem for me every time.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#7 posted 1586 days ago

Greg is right on! Before I got my dust collector I had to frequently clean out my planer and use mineral spirits to clean the outfeed roller. Now, when a board starts to need a push, I know that my blades are dull.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Walt M.

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#8 posted 1586 days ago

I did use it once or twice without the dust collection hooked up and yah what a mess. I’ll try the Topcoat Aaron thanks (I’ve actually been thru Magdalena when I was younger. Grew up in Albuquerque) and change the blades thanks everyone

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#9 posted 1586 days ago

Don’t know if this will help you with the Dewalt, but I recently just the same problem with my Grizzly. The fix was to take off the shroud and clear sawdust that accumulated inside, at the ends of the rollers under the springs. It was an easy fix.

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#10 posted 1585 days ago

I have the identical problem Walt. I dont have a dust collection issue but I do have a can of topcoat (good stuff by the way). Let me know how you make out.

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