Dewalt 734 won't cut more than 1/16th"

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02-12-2014 10:40 PM

I’m sure I’m doing something wrong but I can’t figure it out. The manual says the 734 will cut up to 1/8” on boards less than 6” wide. I planed some walnut last night and was having to plane in 1/16th” increments because the board would hit the frame if I tried to cut 1/8” at a time. There is some adjustment knob on the back/side of the planer that the manual talks about but I’m still not sure of it’s use. Maybe I have it set wrong? Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 11:13 PM

I haven’t run into that problem on mine before, but I’ve never tried to plane off 1/8” at a time either. The most I’ve ever planed off was by leaving the cutter head unlocked with the board pushed just under the material removal gauge, run up to about 3/16” of the maximum indicated 1/8”. Then locked the cutterhead and pushed the board in. What species are you trying to plane that much off of? How wide is the board?

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 11:15 PM

I would think a 1/8” cut on walnut on a lunchbox planer would be a disaster, even if the machine would allow it. Most folks probably take between 1/16 and 1/32 off per pass.

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 11:18 PM

I had that planer and never took off anything more than 1/16”. It may do more with a different wood but walnut is pretty tough. I think 1/8” on walnut is a pretty tough cut for that machine.

With expensive woods, I take off lighter passes to get a better surface finish and not risk any tear out. In addition, I am usually trying to hit a specific thickness and use a digital caliper to measure after each pass. When making face frames or similar, it is very helpful to be withing 0.005” for every board.

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 11:39 PM

On my planer there is part of the frame in the center that limits the cut on wide boards, narrower boards are fed off to either side and there is more clearance for deeper cuts

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#5 posted 02-12-2014 11:47 PM

Missed the walnut in the OP, that’s pretty tough stuff. I would think maybe you could get away with it if you were going through a lightweight soft wood, and still not anything wider than 6”.

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#6 posted 02-12-2014 11:47 PM

I typically take 1/32” off at a time or less on my 735. I have no idea why you would take 1/8” off at a time. That’s asking for trouble.

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 12:54 AM

1/2 a turn is the most i do on mine. Does not really matter what I am cutting

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 01:46 AM

I usually take 1/8”-3/16” on the rough pass and a 1/16” on the final pass, and for my planer width doesn’t matter(up to 20”). Keep in mind I don’t use a lunch box.

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#9 posted 02-14-2014 04:46 PM

Thanks guys. This is my first planer so I’m glad you guys can give me some guidance.

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