DeWalt DW735 Planer - What Am I Doing Wrong?

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Forum topic by oldwoodsale posted 12-18-2011 01:16 AM 16043 views 0 times favorited 55 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2011 01:16 AM

I purchased the Dewalt DW735 Planer and it set up real quick. I have a ton to old growth oak planks that I cut down to 4/4 boards. This oak is 100+ years old from an old barn. Its clean no nails. I took five small 3” wide boards about 30” long and put them through. The surface was like glass. GREAT! The next day I stepped it up and put through a 9” oak board only 30” long. They too came out nice. I took my time and was doing very small cuts. Much less than 1/16th inch. The very next board, of the same size it hesitated for 1/10 of a second but it finished the cut. After about the 5th pass the in-feed rollers started to slip more and more and it got to the point that they would not feed at all unless I pushed the board in REAL hard and then pulled it out the out-feed side. I thought it was defective. I took it back and exchanged it. Second time, the Same problem in about the same number of boards. This can not be the blades as it gets hung on the in-feed rollers before it even gets to the rollers. I backed the cutter head off so it was not making a cut and it would still hang up. I got a piece of pine it still hangs up. I carefully examined the rollers and they look fine. I looked all over this site and other sites and no one is having this problem…so what am I doing wrong…any assistance would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 01:24 AM

When it gets colder, the rollers tend to grip less and are effected by dust and debris. Raise the machine and clean table and rollers, and then give it a try.

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#2 posted 12-18-2011 01:40 AM

Do you have in-feed and out-feed tables? If so, are they properly adjusted?
Also wax the table.

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#3 posted 12-18-2011 02:08 AM

It seems to me that old wood gets harder and harder making it more difficult to machine.

Assuming that your rollers are turning the only corrective action I can think of is to clean the rollers and wax the table. I think rubbing alcohol works, but check your users manual first, and be careful you don’t cut yourself.

Edit: I just thought of something else I’ve heard of. Get a spray bottle and lightly spray the top surface of the board with water.

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 02:13 AM

FWIW, I use isopropyl alcohol to clean the rollers on my 13in Ridgid planer and that helps a lot. Just remember to unplug the machine any time you are reaching in there. ;-)

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#5 posted 12-18-2011 02:55 AM

Get some SlickStrips material and coat the bed of the planer with it. That will greatly reduce the friction between the lumber and the planer bed and should help a lot. I have noticed though that the lunchbox portable planers can’t effectively take a very big bite each pass.

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#6 posted 12-18-2011 03:26 AM

I also have that planer…....wax the bed!

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#7 posted 12-18-2011 04:59 AM

Ditto what Jim said.

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#8 posted 12-18-2011 05:02 AM

Wax often!

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#9 posted 12-18-2011 05:04 AM

I also purchased that model planer and I was IMPRESSED WITH ITS PERFORMANCE
HOwever it was short lived as I also am pushing tne boards through, so I took the blades and the board to the dealer and all he could see was the edge is gone of the blades !!!dah They have only done several short boards!!! All he could suggest was a new set, I think they sell the machine with very poor quality blades and as I was leaving they tryed to sell me a higher quality blade. So I will get these sharpened but \Ithink I will have to spend another $100.00 or so on good blades !!

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#10 posted 12-18-2011 05:13 AM

Old/ reclaimed wood that is dirty will kill planer blades very quickly as the dirt is really grit just like sandpaper. I try to always wire brush and then blow clean with an air gun. A pain but it beats trashing blades. I have heard others say that the standard DeWalt planer blades were poor quality???

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#11 posted 12-18-2011 05:17 AM

Thanks for all the quick replies! I’ll try the cleaning and wax as suggested. Does it seem strange to anyone that this common problem exists in the first place? I examined the rollers and they are 99% clean. Just very minor pieces of dust. I may have to reconsider this unit as I have very long pieces 13’ that may dirty the rollers half way through the piece. I’ll be doing more cleaning than wood working?

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#12 posted 12-18-2011 05:18 AM

Clean the rollers…..that’s all there is to it. . . . . and you’ll probably have to do it again, and again…. and….

edit: one of those micro-fiber cloths work great.

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#13 posted 12-18-2011 06:05 AM

Dirty rollers doesn’t sound right unless DeWalts are special. I have planed MILES of lumber with my Ridgid and never cleaned the rollers (and no problems so far).

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#14 posted 12-18-2011 06:10 AM

The blades are reverseable, so you can flip them before buying a new set. This has only happened to me in the winter, low temp and low humidity will adversely effect the grip of the rubber. The planer should be fine.

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#15 posted 12-18-2011 06:11 AM

Having long boards and a short planer bed may cause the jam. try supporting the board on the infeed past 1/2 way then switch.

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