Dewalt DW733, need some advise

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Forum topic by bodunkel posted 10-23-2011 08:58 PM 1109 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2011 08:58 PM

recently purchased a used DW 733 planer. Tried running a 3” x 3” piece of cedar through. It self fed through but no material removed. Rollers seem to be lower than the cutting knives. Should these be floating or spring tensioned to allow cutter at a lower elevation plane? Is there a maintenance tip for this situation?I looked at the knives condition, seemed OK, checked and reset with the factory provided gauge and technique. Snapped one tightening bolt. Will replace all as they seem of a low grade or fatigued. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 11:28 PM

The rollers are supposed to be lower than the knives and are pushed up when the wood enters the machine.

Just increase the cutting depth adjustment until it starts cutting.

However, you should replace the broken bolt before running it again, because the remains of the bolt could come out at high velocity and do serious damage to the machine and possibly you.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 12:28 AM

My 733 has been a mule. It has just planed a bunch of walnut for a table top. Set up the tables and the knives which should be sharp. Don’t regret your purchase. Do ya have an owner’s manual? I usually start the planing process when the rollers just pick up the workpiece. Then adjust for a first cut. Don’t get too aggresive with the cuts.
Did I say sharp?


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#3 posted 10-24-2011 12:47 AM

I LOVED my 733. First clean the rollers with denatured alcohol. Next wax the tables. Next check the depth of cut stop on the side. Next, replace the broken bolt.

DO all of the above w/the unit UNPLUGGED!

Next, enjoy your planer.

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