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Forum topic by Paul Pomerleau posted 05-07-2011 02:23 AM 8706 views 5 times favorited 71 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Paul Pomerleau

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05-07-2011 02:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dw735 thickness planer snipe dewalt

Snipe, Snipe, Snipe…. I hate Snipe !!!
Now I know I am a beginner here and I’m still at the starting gate as far as woodworking is concerned.
I commented on my Craftsman thickness planer a while ago, you can read it here.
So I went out yesterday and dropped $700 on a DeWalt DW735 planer thinking if it will do the job without snipe than I will be happy.
I took a 1×1x36 piece of pine and put it through.
It produced snipe at both ends.
I don’t have the optional fold down tables for it, so I tried supporting it with my hands, also with rollers, I even tried lifting the stock as it went in and coming out, still the snipe was there.
I even tried only lowering the head 1/64 at a time, I tried the two different feed rates… Arrrgg, still snipe.
Ok, the book says snipe is caused when the stock is not supported while feeding.
So, I measured the table, it is 20” long, the cutters are pretty much in the middle, so I cut the stock to 20” so there would be no downward pressure while feeding, still snipe was produced.
I further cut my stock to 15” and still had snipe at both ends.
How can this happen ?!?
The stock is shorter than the length of the table and still snipe is produced.
Is it me ?!?
I give up… I truly believe that there is no planer in the world that does not cause snipe.
The only way to get a perfectly flat board is to cut the snipe off of both ends or use a sacrificial board with the stock.
Also, another thing I don’t like of this machine is the dust port is just over the outfeed part, so the hose gets in the way, plus even if I did get the optional DW7351 folding tables, you would not be able to fold it up because it would hit the dust port.
I’m sorry, I don’t mind spending the money as long as I knew that it was going to produce excellent results, but $700 I may as well continue using my 10 year old Craftsman that only produces snipe on the leading edge, I will save wood by only having to cut off one end.
So, tomorrow it will go back to the store and I will try the Ridgid model at half the price and see how it fairs.
I apologize for my venting on this subject and I really don’t want to cause a war here, if someone can give me some advise I will surely try it.
Thank you.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 02:30 AM

I actually just purchased the little Grizzly G0505 planer after asking about different kinds here on LJ and doing some research myself and am quite happy with it. It comes with the in/out trays and there is little to no snipe from what I can tell running it normally though I do usually hold up on the exiting end. Hope you find one you like.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 02:46 AM

Where did you have to pay $700 for a 735?
- JJ

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Paul Pomerleau

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 03:02 AM


-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 03:22 AM

Three clicks and found it on Amazon for $582. You have to shop around for stuff like this. I did and that’s why I got the deal I got on my 735.
- JJ

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 03:22 AM

I worked on my Ridgid R4330 a long time and never completly got rid of the snipe. But, it is down to about .002” so I either sand it out or run scrap pieces before and after. The needed adjustments are just not built into a benchtop machine.

-- Website is finally up and

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 03:38 AM

Sorry Paul, the first thing that jumped out at me was the price you paid for the 735. You can get them for a lot less than what you paid for. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone say that they get zero snipe with the 735. The remedies usually include adding wood to the front and back….. or just making the pieces long that what you need so you can trim the snipe off. I’m sure you’ll get lots more opinions here. Good luck
- JJ

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 04:47 AM

No experience with the Dewalt but my Ridgid has the least amount of snipe if the infeed and outfeed tables are tilted up about 1/8” from flat.I never have any snipe on the leading edge and have little to none on the trailing edge.When planing longer boards it is also helpful to lift the exiting end above the table as it exits the planer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 05-07-2011 05:27 AM

It’s pretty much conventional wisdom that … with the 735 … you NEED in/outfeed extensions—either DeWalt’s own, or some that you make in your shop.

Without them, it’s a middle-of-the-pack planer, where snipe is concerned.

With them, it’s usually rated as best-in-class.

So … something more for you to either build or buy :-)

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 05-07-2011 06:30 AM

junior, those are Canadian $.... it’s pretty much the same price you use in US$.

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#10 posted 05-07-2011 06:38 AM

I’ve tried everything recommended on my 734 and snipe occurs at random with it. I can send through 3 small pieces of cherry at the same time and 2 will come out snipe free at both ends and the third might have really deep snipe. I’ve played around with slicing up a single board, it just seems to happen.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#11 posted 05-07-2011 01:59 PM

I love my DeWalt tools, but I just couldn’t see paying over $500 for the DeWalt 735 planer and then having to buy the infeed/outfeed tables over and above that price.

I bought the three blade Ridgid, and I have no snipe right out of the box—no adjustments needed, infeed/outfeed tables included for $399 + tax at Home Depot.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#12 posted 05-07-2011 03:54 PM

I’ve heard a lot of LJ members talk about using a planer other than the 735, and all of them are completely satisfied. Unless you can get a great deal on the 735, I recommend that you try to find something more in your price range. I doubt that you would see any difference.

Thanks for the clarification, Millo.

- JJ

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Paul Pomerleau

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#13 posted 05-07-2011 04:29 PM

Thanks for the advise guys.
NBeener: I cut my stock shorter than the actual table, this way I can test the cut and the stock will have passed completely through without the need for extension tables. So support on the ends is not needed as the stock never made it to the end of the table, and still I had snipe.

Verna: Yes I feel the same way… big bucks for the planer and you still have to buy the extension tables, doesn’t seem right.

Anyway, it’s going back to the store. I still have my Craftsman one here, but I think I will do as Verna says and try the Ridgid model for $399. I will let you know how it goes.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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Jim Finn

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#14 posted 05-07-2011 04:46 PM

after adjusting the infeed and outfeed tables on my 735 I have eleminated the snipe it had , out of the box. I do not think DeWalt should sell this planer without those tables.

-- Website is No PHD just a DD214 and a GED

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#15 posted 05-07-2011 09:31 PM

IMHO, infeed and outfeed tables work because it helps to wedge the board up against the feed rollers, making the board more stable and preventing the board from hopping as it comes on and off the rollers. In other words, it helps to keep both the leading and trailing edges of the board firmly pressed against the table.

So it’s not a question of the tables providing support. Very short pieces will not have the benefit of the tables’ wedging action…and being a light weight board, it’ll surely snipe.

I’d get the tables.

-- jay,

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