Experience With DeWalt Planer (DW735)

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05-08-2013 04:02 PM

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I went to change the knives in my DeWalt thickness planer (DW735) and one of the screws that holds the blade holder in place was stuck. I ended up stripping out the head (5/16 hex or Allen, I believe) and had to use a screw extractor to get it out. I ended up damaging the blade holder and screw (obviously), so I needed to order new parts. I went to and looked up the parts that I needed. The blade holder(s) came in a set of three so I was forced to order all three. I was able to find the screws, however, they were no longer hex, they are now torx T-30.

If you are reading this, and you have experience with the DeWalt DW735, are the screws that hold the blade holder hex or torx? Has anyone else experienced this problem (not being able to back out the screws when changing the blades)? Does the torx screw solve the problem (if you had the problem or your version came with torx and you have never had the problem)?

It may be that when I first turned the knives around on the original blades that I torqued the screws to hard when replacing them, but it was done by hand with the wrench that they provide, so I don’t see how that is possible.

Thanks for your input.


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Gerald Thompson

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 05:22 PM

I switched my blades around and they were difficult to break loose. I just installed new Infinity blades and the bolts were again difficult to break loose. I know I did not over tighten them on the first flip.
I have heard numerous times about DeWalt knives and the over torqued bolts
Some have called DeWalt directly and have gotten new blades etc., to compensate for troubles.
I will not buy DeWalt blades again. The set I used started chipping after just a few board feet of cherry. I am more than happy with the ones I am using now.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 05:23 PM

I’ve changed blades in my 735 three times and have never had a problem. What I do is to place a small punch (drift) into the hole of the screw and give it several hard raps with a ball peen hammer before trying to remove the screws using the supplied wrench. I also don’t get carried away with tightening them after installing the blades. While I haven’t used ant iseize on the screws, it would be a good idea.

I’ve heard the newer torx screws are Dewalts answer to stripped screws.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 05:33 PM

Dewalt switched to the Torx style screws several months ago. It’s a big improvement.

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 05:34 PM

Steve, I had read a few months back that Dewalt had changed to Torx because of the screws being stripped. When I first bought mine I tok the screws out and they were a bear to get out. Put some never seize on them and don’t tighten to much.

-- mrg

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 05:43 PM

Everyone: Thanks for the feedback; I feel better knowing that I am not the only one that has experienced this issue. Hopefully the new torx screws will help; I will try and find some of the “no stick” product that some of you mentioned. Anyone have more information on the name brand, where to buy, cost, etc. Thanks again for the help.


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#6 posted 05-08-2013 05:43 PM

Sorry to hear about your bad luck. I have never had that issue in 5 blade changes, but I hear that is a common problem.
I really like the planer and its features. I am not wild about the blades though. I considered the Infinity carbide blades, but they are one sided. I think the Shelix spiral carbide head with 4 sides will be better for me in the long run. It should help with blade durability and prevent tearout on quartersawn oak.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 05-08-2013 06:09 PM

I bought mine a couple years ago and it come with the torx screws. I have been through several…..and I mean several knife changes, and have never had an issue with the screws.

Like others stated, the Dewalt knives suck. And like Jerry, I broke down and bought the infinity carbide ones. Been in there for quite awhile now, and still going strong. Totally worth the outrageous price IMHO especially when you factor in all the time saved from not having to change the knives all the time.

But like Willie, I still dream of a Shelix spiral carbide head….you know, the one that costs more than the machine it’s going into, LOL

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#8 posted 05-08-2013 06:25 PM

Mine came with Torx head screws. They were extra snug but adding a couple extra cusswords and holding my mouth just right got the job done. The Dewalt blades felt dull from the git go so I put a micro bevel on the Dewalt blades and they work fine – sharpened four times and still kicking booty.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#9 posted 05-08-2013 07:21 PM

+1 for what mrg said. I also replace the screws with a higher grade from Fastenal.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 05-09-2013 04:26 PM

Everyone: Thanks again!


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#11 posted 05-09-2013 04:30 PM

They must have swap to torx a while back, i’ve had my planer for about a year now and I bought it off CL. I just reversed the blades a couple weeks ago, which btw came as a little happy surprise because i thought i needed to replace them, and the screws were definitely tight. I actually thought the little T-Handle wrench would break before the screw stripped.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 05-09-2013 05:34 PM

I have had my Dewalt 735 for several years now. I do have the hex type screws, but like everyone has said they were really tight and I too thought the little t handle was going to break before I got them loose. Once I got them off and tightened them myself, I havent had any further problems. You will like the planer though…its been great.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 05-09-2013 07:13 PM

Mine came with torx screws several years ago, they were a pita to remove, I had to use my mikita impact to get them out!

I have since changed to a spiral cutterhead and love it!

-- .. heyoka ..

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#14 posted 05-29-2014 10:07 PM

Im having an issue with my DW735. Ive had it for 2 years now and have planed over 2000 board feet. The problem is with the crank. Its stuck. It got hard to crank up and down, so I cranked harded on it, (stupid) and now its stuck. I can usually fix anything, but if someone has a quick fix, Im all ears.

-- I've cut it twice, but its still to short....

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#15 posted 02-24-2015 02:51 PM

sounds like it needs a good cleaning

-- Joe R

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