|Forum topic by Robin1||posted 35 days ago||457 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
35 days ago
I’ve owned a DeWalt DW734 for a little over a month. I did a lot of research and posted questions here before deciding on it. When I first set it up, there were a few things I didn’t like: the dust shoot makes it impossible to lift the outfeed table for storage (the flipside of which would be not using the shoot) neither of which makes me really happy. And, while the cutterhead lock is a positive for eliminating snipe, I am constantly worried that I’ll damage the machine by forgetting to release the lock one time and cranking the adjustment lever. Also, prior to this, I had a JET combo unit that was easy to adjust and actually always worked perfectly- I know this is the exception and not the rule for these JET units. I found the DeWalt depth setting to be more fussy. All this aside, the machine seemed solid and I’d gotten a good deal so I decided to give it a little time…then I had a problem:
I’d been using it to dress the faces of some pine boards and it had been working fine. Yesterday, I was taking a 1/64” cut off a 2” wide board and after 4” fed into the machine, the board got stuck- really stuck. I had to turn the machine off and raise the carriage to get it out. The board had two large black marks on it (roller marks.) This particular board may have had more pitch in it than the ones before. I started looking at the posts here to see if this happened to anyone else and I found it was a common issue and there were various causes/solutions. Most said to solve it you need to clean the rollers and wax the table. The bigger problem seemed to be all the other issues that I hadn’t seen before: the rollers not working in cold weather, the blades going dull in a hurry, screws seizing and stripping, T-wrenches breaking, cutting pine or other woods with a lot of resin creating continual problems, the vertical posts rusting and seizing, etc.
Now I started doubting the purchase. First off, I’m wondering if what happened yesterday has damaged the machine in any way (the roller marks were pretty pronounced.) Beyond that, reading about other issues has me a little concerned. I do not have a heated shop and I live in upstate NY. I mostly work with pine. The posts make it seem as though I may not be able to use the tool during a fair portion of the year and that the materials I work with are problematic and will create continual issues. I thought upgrading to a floor jointer and dedicated planer would be a big step up from the benchtop combo I was using. I still think that’s true but this machine has me wondering if I chose the right one. I’m still within the return window. If it were you, would you keep this one, exchange it for the same model or return it and buy something different? I know- it sounds like a Dear Abby letter. I wish I was rich- then it wouldn’t matter!
Thanks for any help.
-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking