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moobeast

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715 days ago

Greetings, I’ve been reading this forum for awhile, decided to join. I’m getting back into woodworking again after being away for many years.

I just got out my Dewalt 733 planer that’s been sitting unused for a few years. The posts the head ride up and down on were covered with corrosion. Soaked with penetrating oil for awhile and tried working up and down; needed tapping with a mallet to move, binding bad. Took it apart, removed posts and polished them up, lubed them and put back together. It would crank easy, then bind then it finally seemed to be moving well. Cranked it all the way up, tried to go back down and it was binding. I could not see any marks in the lube on the posts. Then while trying to crank back up the head cracked on both sides.

I can replace the head for $135, I do not want to spend money on a new planer. But I don’t know why the head broke, if I damaged it while first trying to move it or if it’s still binding somewhere. Posts were straight, it hasn’t been dropped or anything like that. The binding seemed to be on one post, then a different one, never consistently the same place. When I removed the posts three of the four came out very hard; went back in far easier but still needed a few smacks to get them in place. (I removed them one at a time with head still in place.)
The cutterhead lock did not seem to be causing any of the trouble.

So, after all this, what do I do? Is there something to check that I’m unaware of? I hate to replace this part and find that that wasn’t the problem. Thanks for any insight.


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Grandpa

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#1 posted 715 days ago

I think I would bite the bullet and buy a new one or at least a different one. It might be good if you could find one in operating condition that was the same model. You might have some parts you could use some day. I am thinking that I would put that much into a machine hoping to make it work when I could add a little more and but a different machine. Just my opinion, you understand.

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exelectrician

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#2 posted 715 days ago

Get a new DeWalt, you will never regret it. I just marvel at the finish my one puts on the wood day after day.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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RussellAP

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#3 posted 715 days ago

I just got a DW 735 a couple weeks ago but been too busy making stuff to mess with it. Seems the joiner get all the business. It’s just easier I think.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Loren

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#4 posted 715 days ago

I’d say no. If you want to salvage the planer you might
want to build a 12” jointer from it. Plans at http://woodgears.ca/jointer/homemade.html

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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