|Forum topic by jasoncarpentry||posted 1046 days ago||1794 views||1 time favorited||25 replies|
1046 days ago
OK, I bought a reconditioned DeWalt 735 planer about 4 mos. ago. After lots of use & abuse, it was time to flip the blades over and use the “fresh” sides. Having previously owned the two-blade DW 733 and changed out the blades many times, I hadn’t planned on any major problems. WRONG!!
My main problem is the torque needed to remove the 24 hex-head bolts (8 bolts per blade). First came the WD-40. There was no way the furnished T-handle hex-head wrench would do it, so I switched over to a standard L-shaped wrench with a crescent wrench to give me additional leverage. Mr. Murphy has set things up so that there’s not much clearance to work with. I’m down to the last set of eight, and there’s no way this one bolt’s gonna come loose. I think my efforts may have rounded out the head, in which case I’ll have to buy a small screw extractor, drill a hole in the head, and hope & pray that I can get enough leverage to remove it and replace it. Needless to say, as I replace the bolts, I’m using much less torque.
My other concern is blade alignment. For all of its shortcomings, the DW 733 had a magnetic jig that mounted on the cutter head to give perfect alignment of the blades. Not so with the DW 735! The instructions say to just flip the blade, place the blade hold-down over it, and replace the bolts. I know enough about hole tolerances to be uncomfortable with this method.
Can anybody help me out?
-- Jim in Tennessee