Dewalt 2-speed planer - Feed issues

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Forum topic by richard2345 posted 11-06-2012 01:18 PM 1575 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2012 01:18 PM

I just tried out my Dewalt 2-speed planer (DW 735) on it’s first large job—old yellow pine floor joists that I was refinishing to make door jambs for my workshop. I had previously tested the planer on lighter white pine purchased from home depot, and didn’t have any issues with feeding any of the 2×4 or 1×4 lumber. The cuts were excellent and everything worked the way it should have.

When I tried the old yellow pine, which was a true 2” thick by 8” wide, the feeder would not pull the wood through, no matter what depth of cut I was making. I tried both the longer 8-foot long pieces, and the smaller 2-foot long pieces, and had to manually push the lumber through in all cases. I tried both speed settings, and I did not get the impression that the motor was being over worked.

I should add the lumber was not cupped or warped to an unusual degree, and the surface varied from rough-sawn to planned. When I had trouble putting the rough sawn pieces through, I jointed one of the sides flat, but the piece would still not be pulled through the planer.

Is this planer not designed to handle lumber this large, or am I misusing the tool, or does this sound like a defect? What strategy besides manually feeding the material would you suggest for me to get this wood flattened?

Thank you!

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 01:28 PM

I had a similar problem. I do not recall what the lumber was but I waxed tje planer bed and in/out feed tables and all went well.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 01:30 PM

You had to push and pull the work?

Was the work really dirty/dusty?

Have you waxed the bed?

Have you tried to run anything else through ,since you had the problem,to make sure it will feed anything?

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 01:45 PM

I need to keep the bed well waxed on my DeWalt. Wax it.

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 02:00 PM

Even though the bed lookks nice and shiny, a coat of wax will do wonders. Also clean the rollers. I use acetone. There may be pitch buildup on them. Let us know the results.

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 02:10 PM

That’s yellow pine for you. It’s sticky and does not glide across the planer beds very well. In general, keep the rollers clean and keep your planer bed waxed. However, with yellow pine, I avoid using the planer if I can. Especially with construction lumber, I’ll joint one face, but then I use the table saw to recut it to thickness.

I save my DW735 for use on wider hardwood.

However, for wider 2-bys, you just need to keep things clean and slick and take very small passes. Nothing wrong with helping it along either. As for speed, I’d probably try the 96 CPI setting. You don’t gain much on pine with the finer cutting speed and it will go through the planer faster to avoid stiction. In general, you should save the 179 CPI setting for hardwoods to reduce stress on the knifes and give a smooth surface.

-- jay,

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 02:25 PM

BTW, I’ve used both talcum powder and cornstarch on the jointed side of a board before when I had problems in this area. Either does a good job of helping reduce stiction on the planer bed in a pinch. Just make sure you clean your rollers afterwards since you don’t want those slick, but if you avoid cutting the powdered side, the it’s not that big of an issue.

-- jay,

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#7 posted 11-06-2012 02:36 PM

I had a similar issue with my dewalt planer. As many have already said, clean and wax your tables.

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#8 posted 11-06-2012 03:18 PM

Clean the rollers as well. I ran a 12” wide 3” thick and 5 ’ long southern yellow pine top through mine. I was worried that the weight would damage it but it didn’t as far as I can tell. I clean and wax the bed and clean the rollers and knives with mineral spirits after each project so it’s ready to go for the next.

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#9 posted 11-06-2012 10:38 PM

Thanks to everyone who responded, this made my day. You hit the nail on the head:

I did not wax the bed and infeed/outfeed tables before I used it. I will before the next use!

The yellow pine was extremely dusty (it was from the floor joists of a 100-year old Washington, DC home). I did clean it up slightly with a hand plane first, but it sill was very dusty.

I will definitely clean the rollers with mineral spirits or acetone before the next use. Great tip!!

Hopefully I can tune up my planer and continue on with the window jambs!

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