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Forum topic by comboprof posted 05-09-2014 03:16 PM 1209 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2014 03:16 PM

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I bought a DeWalt 734 on 03/27/2014 but juts got to open the box a few days ago. I have two questions.
  1. After the third day of use the paddle lift switch broke off. (The two plastic nubs that secures it to the toggle switch were not sufficiently strong enough to hold the red paddle on. I suspect its a manufacturing defect. I took the 45 drive to the nearest authorized repair dealer. He took a photo of it and he is seeing if DeWalt (aka B&D) will replace it. I have no confidence.) I can still use the toggle switch to turn it on and off but its not so nice. So here at long last is my question. Does anyone have a good fix for this? My thoughts is to just put a switch on the power cord, but maybe there is an easy way to make a wooden paddle switch contraption.
  2. The dust collection port which works well prohibits the tray from folding up. If you do not screw in the port and just use the clips it will fall off under the weight of the dust-collection hose. Is there a solution? Has some one built a port that easily attaches, removes and is secure? Its important that it is removable for flip-top storage.

Otherwise the planer works great.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#1 posted 05-09-2014 03:27 PM

My planer is the DW734, and I’ve had it for about 4 years.

About the switch, that sucks, but mine has been fine.

Regarding the dust port, yes, that design sucks. I used to have to fiddle with two little screws to keep the port piece from falling off each time I wanted to use it, until I put the planer on a roll around cart where the rear outfeed tray just stays down, and thus the port piece stays screwed in place.

Other than that, I like this planer, but may upgrade to a steel city one with carbide inserts when budget allows.

Good luck on yours!

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#2 posted 05-09-2014 03:29 PM

I would suggest against using a cord mounted switch as I’ve never seen one designed for SO cord and anything used for a lamp not only wouldn’t fit, it wouldn’t have the necessary current capacity either. I’d just leave it as is and use the toggle switch, though inconvenient it’s already there. Mine feels flimsy too, but I’ve yet to break it off. I don’t screw my dust hood to the back of the unit and the hose doesn’t pull it off, though sometimes it seems as it could. I twist the hose ever so slightly so it’s imparting a little torque in the clockwise direction (looking at the exit of the hood) to help keep the tabs engaged on the chip exit.

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#3 posted 05-09-2014 03:30 PM

My switch has been fine as well.

I don’t use the dust hood, just a broom and dustpan after. :-p

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 05-09-2014 03:43 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Douglas: I had most of a flip-top built and then I realized that could not fold up the out tray. So I guess I am stuck
with taking the port on and off.

bigblockyeti: I agree not to use an in line switch, my idea was to use a dp/dt wall (or outlet) switch. I tried the dust port again with out the screws. I think if I am careful with the hose support it won’t be a problem.

NiteWalker: maybe I’ll end up with the broom and the dust pan. But the port does work well. So I kind of like it.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#5 posted 05-09-2014 03:57 PM

The switch has been okay on mine.

As to the dust port, I remove mine between uses so that I can fold up the tables. The solution that I use isn’t perfect, but it works. I put the dust hood in place and then I stick a small jewelers screwdriver into the screw hole on the left (opposite side from the dust port), then when I put the hose onto the dust port, the weight of it pulling down on the right side pulls up against the screwdriver on the left side thereby keeping it in place. I store the screwdriver in a hole in the base located right below that left hand end of the dust hood.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#6 posted 05-10-2014 02:20 AM

Thanks PeteMoss for the idea.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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