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.
-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada