|Forum topic by moobeast||posted 08-16-2012 11:34 PM||603 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-16-2012 11:34 PM
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.)
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.