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12-31-2016 08:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple planer milling

I’ve have had the Dewalt DW735 for a year or so and it has served me well. It would always result in a very smooth surface. However recently I’ve been getting ridges no matter what I do. When it first happened I thought the blades had nicks from a year or so of use and I just needed to swap them out. So I flipped them around to the new edge but was still getting a ridge. I thought maybe the blade was defective even though it was a new side.

The planer came with an extra set of blades so I installed them. The result was better the first few boards I ran through but then I started getting a couple ridges again. Now there are several ridges across the surface of the board. Not sure how well you can see them in the picture. They are the lighter lines down the middle.

I just looked at each blade again with a magnifying glass. Maybe…maybe…I see some small nicks. I tried the trick of sliding a blade to one side but it didn’t help. I’ve been running soft maple through since this started. I did notice one board I ran through today had a small knot. But this was happening before that.

Are these blades that poor at keeping an edge? Or is there something I’m doing that I am overlooking? Anyone know of sturdier blades for this planer?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking


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#1 posted 12-31-2016 08:46 PM

Since it does it across blade changes, I’d look elsewhere – like perhaps some wood chips stuck in the pressure plate/chip breaker or similar. It doesn’t take much, particularly on softer woods.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 08:52 PM

I don’t have a 735, so this is hearsay. The OEM blades for that planer are crap (probably a better way to say it, but lets go with that). Almost any aftermarket blades will be better (and might be cheaper), I suggest you use a reputable vendor and buy from them. 2 that I’ve had very good luck with is Infinity Tools and Holbren's

I suppose if you want to spend the money a Bird head would be an option, and may be worth considering.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 12-31-2016 09:07 PM

MrUnix- Not sure where the pressure plate/chip breaker is. A Google search didn’t help much. Can someone tell me where to look for stuck wood chips?

Fred- I have heard the same thing about these blades. Thanks for the links. Strongly considering a purchase.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 09:16 PM

Follow the path of the wood through the machine, and look at the areas before and after the cutterhead for stuck chips or other unusual stuff. Also, are the ridges raised or depressed? Can’t tell from the photo.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 12-31-2016 09:29 PM

The ridges are raised.

Here’s what I see on the underside. No stuck chips I see.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#6 posted 12-31-2016 10:06 PM

If the ridges are raised, you have some nicks in the blades. I get them too but they sand out quickly.

I have a set of the Infinity blades in mine and have some ridges. I do have a Nick in the blades. You might look at your blades carefully for a nick. All it takes is a knot or piece of dirt/grit that is stuck on the board.

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#7 posted 12-31-2016 10:36 PM

I was hoping the Infinity blades were more durable. I have looked carefully at the blades and possibly see some small (and I mean small) nicks. Just seems like that shouldn’t happen so quickly on brand new blades.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#8 posted 12-31-2016 11:05 PM

I have a 735 also, and I get the nicks in the blades. It’s just going to happen. When I run out of blades, I’ll try the ones from Infinity. In the meantime, because I have sand and grit on all wood stored, I usually run the belt sander over wood surfaces and then brush it off prior to running it through the planer. I think it helps.

Prior to the 735, I had a Delta 22-580, and I don’t remember so many nicks on those blades. Oh, well, the ridges do sand off, so it isn’t a huge problem. Just irritating.

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#9 posted 12-31-2016 11:41 PM

Wasnt there a similar thread on this same subject with the same planer about a month ago??

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#10 posted 01-01-2017 12:14 AM

Kirk650- I had an old Delta too (don’t remember the model number) and didn’t have this issue. Still debating on the Infinity blades. Anybody use them?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#11 posted 01-01-2017 01:41 AM

Yes, I use the Infinity blades and they are pretty good.

If you hit any grit or dirt in the Wood, you will get nicks. Also, a wood knot can at times cause a nick.

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#12 posted 01-01-2017 09:04 PM

Kirk650- Yes the ridges sand off but I just feel like I shouldn’t have to do that after running just a few boards through a set of new blades. Call me lazy.

Earlier today I flipped the second set of blades around to expose a brand new side. Tomorrow I’ll see how it works and do my best to avoid knots and any grit, etc. If this side doesn’t last longer I think Ill try the Infinity blades.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#13 posted 01-02-2017 01:02 AM

Heck, I agree with you about irritation over the blade nicks. But, the 735 is a great planer, so I just live with it. I’ll try the infinity blades eventually. I could put a spiral carbide cutterhead on the machine, but before I do that I’ll probably just buy a 15 inch Grizzly unit with the spiral cutterhead. But that decision is way off. The 735 works great and I have plenty extra blades.

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#14 posted 01-02-2017 03:26 AM

Loosen all the screws on one blade and push it over about an 1/8 inch then retighten the screws. You can move all the blades abut a 1/4 inch. This might do away with the ridge or scratch.
Gerald

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#15 posted 01-02-2017 03:46 AM

Thanks Gerald but tried that already.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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