|Forum topic by richard2345||posted 11-06-2012 01:18 PM||1267 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
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?