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Forum topic by bill1352 posted 08-21-2010 02:15 PM 2568 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2010 02:15 PM

I figured if somebody came up with a cure for snipe in the DW735 they would be here. I’ve waxed the bed & wiped the rollers of course but I get as much snipe from this expensive unit as I did from my old $200 Ryobi & the blades cost twice as much & last about as long. It would be nice to use the slow speed at some point but why use it when you need to sand out the snipe marks. I’ve had the thing for about 5 months, I use it a lot as I sell at Art fairs. I know I need to buy the tables but being a cheap SOB it grinds me wrong that you need to spend an extra $60 for something that should come with the unit. Still I normally only run stuff that has a 15” average, thus supporting it at both ends is simple. I do not have an unlimited supply of scrap to run a piece before & after. Lifting up going in & out has the same results as it did with my Ryobi.

If anyone has found a trick or two I’d be grateful.

-- Keep Your Stick On The Ice

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 02:33 PM

Hey Bill – Even though I didn’t have any snipe problems with my 735, you might be interested in the table I built for mine so I wouldn’t have to buy the factory ones. Probably have much less than $60.00 in it not counting the cabinet.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 03:43 PM

I’ve heard of people getting good results by putting an mdf table through the whole unit – bypassing the original table entirely. Much like Joe’s link, except instead of having the tables just on either side of the unit, the mdf runs through it creating a long, perfectly flat, surface. Of course, you would have to adjust your thinking about thickness to account for the thickness of the mdf.

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 04:08 PM

Joe, I saw that table when you first posted it, wished I had room to build one then, still do…lol. I might have to build a portable type deal for mine. Bob, that sounds like a great idea. I can set it to the side when not in use & stick it in when I want it. It wouldn’t need to be much more than 3 ft long, couple of 2×4’s with some shimes to make it level at each end. Trick would be to get it flat & level with the planer bed. Sure wish I had more room, I’d have built Joe’s table when I got this thing.

Thanks for the tips folks.

-- Keep Your Stick On The Ice

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#4 posted 08-21-2010 06:57 PM

I was getting a bit of snipe with my 735 too. A while ago on this site there was a big discussion on setting up the in and out feed tables. It was suggested to lift the ends of the feeder tables slightly so they are either in line or very slightly higher than the main table. I also had read this in a planer book once and so I tried it and I very rarely ever have snipe problems anymore.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 08-22-2010 12:54 AM

I’m with Wayne, I raised the outer ends of both infeed and outfeed on mine and very little to no snipe. I still tend to raise a long board on the outfeed side just a tad. Otherwise a happy camper.

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#6 posted 08-22-2010 01:42 AM


I’ve used my 735 for four years now. When I first got it, I was getting snipe, but I began giving the piece a SLIGHT lift with my fingers on the outfeed side. Haven’t had much since.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#7 posted 08-22-2010 02:01 AM

I have the 735. to avoid snipe on shorter pieces -either give them a slight lift with finger as they come out (or go in – although I never had snipe at beginning of board only at end). or gang them through , so there is always a board in contact with both rollers, or leave boards longer, and trim off snipe when you cut to length.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 08-22-2010 02:08 AM

Gee, I must be doing something wrong with mine.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 08-22-2010 06:22 AM


Nice outfeed arrangement. Now answer this; how do you keep your shop so clean? Or is that your “display” SHOP AND THE REAL SHOP IS AS messy as mine?


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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Dan Lyke

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#10 posted 08-22-2010 07:14 PM

‘nother vote for “set the outfeed rollers just slightly higher” or “lift the piece on the outfeed”. Solved the problem here.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#11 posted 08-23-2010 04:13 AM

Thanks folks. One day I’ll buy the feed tables & I’ll set them a bit high. I do lift the boards going in & out but I still get a lot more snipe than I expected from this unit. I’d say over 90% of everything I plane has noticeable snipe, at least 50% causes a few cuss words. I think I’ll call Dewalt this week & see about an adjustment to the rollers. The infeed snipe really gets me. That roller locks the board down before the blade hits the wood or it should as long as its not a long heavy board. Just supporting the board should remove any chance of snipe if the 4 point locking roller system they advertise is working right.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

-- Keep Your Stick On The Ice

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#12 posted 08-23-2010 11:44 PM

I bought the outfeed table and leveled them properly and i have had a problem

-- ohio

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Tom Coster

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#13 posted 08-24-2010 12:00 AM

I bought the tables and it reduced the snipe about 85%. Thanks all, for the hint about raising the table. I’ll try that next. Has anyone had problems with the blades? I heard they wear out fast. Fresh out of the box, second board thru (pine) I got a nick in a blade. I have run approx. 10 feet of mahogany thru it so far. Does a decent job except for the raised line down the board from the nick.

-- Tom, MI, SC

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#14 posted 08-24-2010 12:15 AM

Well, the good thing about the blades is you can flip them over since they are double sided….... I suffer from the snipe monster also, tending to believe not all machines are the same.

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#15 posted 08-24-2010 01:42 AM

I am still running the original blades in it from about two years ago. I have planned a lot of oak, american chestnut, and cherry with it and they still cut just fine.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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