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Doug White

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11-18-2013 03:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt 735 planer feed

I was using my Dewalt 735 planer and all was going well when it stopped feeding in the stock…the motor and knifes are turning but it won’t feed…I reached up under the planer deck and tried to turn the front and rear rollers but they seem to be inmoveable….Before I tear down the machine I would like to hear from some of you guys who may have had the same problem

-- Doug Sunny Bama


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#1 posted 11-18-2013 03:57 PM

I haven’t had a problem with the 735 specifically, but with several delta benchtop machines previously. The reduction gears driven opposite the cutter head drive on the motor could have an issue. Usually if a drive chain breaks, you can move one or both rollers independent of the cutter head. Start with a chain and sprocket inspection, if nothing proves wrong, move onto the gearbox.

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#2 posted 11-18-2013 04:04 PM

Open the black cases on the left and right side. You can do this with the factory key. that will expose the chains that drive the feed rollers. See if a chain has broke or come off. I have had the following happen. Cracked cog. cheap and easy repair. Chain off due to broken tension er spring. cheap easy fix. Broken chain. Cheap easy fix. The cracked cog is a hard one to spot. The gear usually needs to be removed to be inspected. Last… broken roller shaft. Not easy, not cheap. I have turned it over to the cert service center at that point. They do a thing called full repair. For about 2/3rds the price of a new one, they basically rebuild it. These planners are work horses, but they do not like to be overfed. I usually feed at 1/2 what the depth gauge reads. good luck.

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 04:06 PM

Ok I will give this a try…Thank you

-- Doug Sunny Bama

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 04:11 PM

+1 to what Joey stated regarding overfeeding, of the many I have repaired, most have admitted to pushing them a little too hard. My own bench top planer is a DW734 and I’ve never had a problem, but I always take it very easy. At the shop I used to work at, I installed a 15hp motor on a PM160, it would plow 1/2” of in a single pass on a 2×12, big machines can do big work, smaller machines have to be treated a little more delicately if you want them to last.

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 04:23 PM

Cleaning the tables and rollers, then waxing the tables should be the first step.

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#6 posted 11-18-2013 04:28 PM

Is the 735 a 2 speed planer? If so did it somehow slip into neutral? I know that can happen with the Delta.

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#7 posted 11-18-2013 04:35 PM

“Cleaning the tables and rollers, then waxing the tables should be the first step.”

+1. My 734 stopped feeding stock. This solved the problem.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#8 posted 11-18-2013 04:41 PM

I would guess that a chipped or broken cog is the culprit. However, I’ve also noticed a dramatic difference between hot weather and cold weather in my planer’s ability to feed stock.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#9 posted 11-18-2013 05:34 PM

For me, when I have feeding problems it means my knives need to be changed or flipped and/or I have to wax the bed. I don’t think you can move the rollers by hand either. Whatever drives them locks them down.

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#10 posted 11-18-2013 06:04 PM

+1 to post #7 Should have been step one in my recommendations. Make sure it didn’t get into nuetral!! I have had that happen as well.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#11 posted 11-18-2013 06:38 PM

The first thing you should do is change the blades.
The rollers should feel immoveable, so that doesn’t indicate a problem.
As the knives dull, the stock will start catching and eventually stop feeding. I get about 2-300 b.f between blade changes on my 735.
Take a white chalk and mark a couple lines on the black rollers. Raise the cutterhead a bit and (while wearing sofety goggles) turn the unit on. See if the rollers are moving. If they are moving, and you can switch from speed 1 to speed 2 (must be switched when motor is running), then I suspect you need new blades.

If the rollers are not moving, then you have a bigger problem and can start inspecting cogs and chains.

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

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#12 posted 11-18-2013 11:28 PM

I want to thank everyone who replyed to my planer problem…and to the professional manner too…I hope that I may be able to assist someone also in the future

-- Doug Sunny Bama

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#13 posted 11-18-2013 11:32 PM

Did you get the problem figured out?

-- Who is John Galt?

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#14 posted 11-20-2013 12:11 AM

Found the problem….After reading some of the replies from you guys I took the suggestion and checked the roller drive sprocket and sure enough the one on the front left was split intwo…I have ordered another and should have it up and running in a week….I hope…Thanks everyone…

-- Doug Sunny Bama

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#15 posted 11-20-2013 04:21 PM

Glad it worked out… and I would order two while you are at it. It is a great machine, but those cogs are a bit of a weak link. ;)

-- Who is John Galt?

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