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Forum topic by LiveEdge posted 01-24-2014 02:50 AM 875 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LiveEdge

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01-24-2014 02:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt planer 735 problem

I have a new DeWalt 735 planer and have been getting excellent results with it. However, the last few times I’ve used it I will put a board through and it will at some point stick like the rollers are not advancing the board. I basically have to push it through or pull it out. The funny thing is it doesn’t always do this. Sometimes it goes through just fine. I’m really never taking off more than 1/16th and the wood is alder so I’m not stressing the motor.

I may be fooling myself, but perhaps I hear a vibrational noise like something is loose (like a metallic rattle), but it’s also possible that noise has always been there (and it isn’t there when the planer is on but nothing is running through).

I have no idea how to diagnose this or where to take it if something is, indeed, wrong. Ideas?


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mmax

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 02:52 AM

Clean the rollers.

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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JL7

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 03:50 AM

Use some paste wax on the bed…....let it dray and buff it off…......I have the same machine and it is must, especially for the harder wood…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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wseand

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 04:23 AM

+1 to both above.

I have the same problem with alder. I blow out the dust with an air nozzle every couple of boards through.
The 735 creates a lot of static and the dust really tends to stick to the rollers especially with alder for some reason.. I use Isopropyl Alcohol to clean off the rollers.

If its a wide board then take shallower cuts with each pass, that will help as well.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 04:59 AM

Cleaning the rollers and waxing the table are temporary fixes. It may feed better for a day or two.
Your machine is telling you the blades are dull. Imagine the strain on the feed rollers to force lumber into the knives when they become dull. Time to flip or replace the blades. The blades don’t feel or look any different when they dull.

Also removing 1/16” per pass is a big chunk for that planer.

I have found the 735 blades are good for 200-250 bf of lumber, then they need to be replaced.

Good luck with it.

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

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lanwater

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 05:06 AM

agree with pintodeluxe.

Replace your blade. I had happening to me. Clean roller etc… did not solve it.
The original bladde can be rotated to use the second edge.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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wseand

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 05:10 AM

I get a hell of a lot more then 250 BF out of mine. That being said different blades then the factory supplied will be better.. You can flip the ones that it came with if cleaning doesn’t fix your problem. Its easy to replace/flip the blades.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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LiveEdge

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#7 posted 01-24-2014 05:11 AM

I gotta hope it’s not the blades. I haven’t planed more than 50 board feet on it and it’s almost all been alder which is quite soft. I’ll be getting new blades every other week!

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wseand

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#8 posted 01-24-2014 05:20 AM

I had the exact same problem with alder, just clean it, polish it, if it doesn’t work then flip the blades. I have this problem with some woods. I can plane oak and purple heart all day long, put some alder in and it mucks up the rollers. I have even planed Edge Grain Cutting Boards with no prob. My first set of blades lasted over 3 years.

If your blades are already dull than you did something wrong or they were bad to begin with.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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ajosephg

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#9 posted 01-24-2014 05:33 AM

Seems to happen on mine after it has not been used for quite awhile.

Waxing the table (I use Johnson’s paste wax or Trewax pastewax) works every time.

-- Joe

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 01-24-2014 05:52 AM

Yeah, at 50 b.f. it’s probably not the blades. Try waxing the beds and taking lighter cuts.
It is generally a good planer.

Best of luck.

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

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Jim Finn

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#11 posted 01-24-2014 01:14 PM

I stop playing and wax my planer, table saw, jointer, scroll saw and my mustache after about 70 hours (Two weeks) playing in my workshop. No planer feed problems on my 735 now that I do this.

-- In God We Trust

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wseand

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#12 posted 01-24-2014 01:51 PM

Jim,
Tools get a lot more wax then the vehicles, right.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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LiveEdge

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#13 posted 01-26-2014 03:53 AM

Just an update, it was definitely the rollers. Cleaned with mineral spirits they did just fine. Any reason they couldn’t be cleaned with water?

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wseand

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#14 posted 01-26-2014 08:01 AM

Water doesn’t clean off any pitch or other residue very well. You also don’t want to introduce water to the tool.
I use Isopropyl Alcohol but I guess you can use MS. I get a large bottle and it last quite along time.

Glad to hear your up and running again.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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