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11-03-2014 03:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: help dw733 dewalt 733 planer

I was hoping somebody could aide me in figuring out why my planer is kicking back. I just installed new blades and it’s still kicks bad. I’d really appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 03:36 PM

A couple of suggestions. Make sure the feed rollers are clean of debris (don’t clean them with a sovent. I use denatured alcohol). And wax the table. Take light passes. Good luck.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 04:18 PM

In addition to above…was it doing this before the blade install? Assuming you’re not planning end-grain, correct? How deep is your cut?

Stupid question, but you didn’t install the blades backwards, did you? I could see that posing a kickback problem if the bevel strikes the wood instead of the tip of the blade.

If not those, it sounds like either the rollers are slipping because of buildup on them, or there is an issue with the roller pressure.

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

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#3 posted 11-14-2014 12:48 PM

I just started having the same problems with my Delta 22-580. It looks like the blades are digging in on the end of the board and kicking it back out. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated

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#4 posted 11-14-2014 02:27 PM

+1 to ElChe’s suggestion—clean rollers and wax table. If the chips are clogging up, that can affect performance as well.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 11-14-2014 02:31 PM

Pinetree, it sounds like your taking too big of a cut, if the blades are digging into the end of the board that much. This could be user error (doesn’t sound like it), or machine issues. I’m not familiar with that planer, but if it has a tension adjustment on the rollers, or the blades are set too low, that could cause what you’re seeing. Also, I assume your infeed table is set correctly, and it may help to apply some upward support on the trailing end of the board as it goes in.

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

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#6 posted 11-14-2014 11:29 PM

Had a very similar problem with my Delta planer. In my case I really didn’t get much kick back, but it definitely made some noise and nicked up the wood I was trying to plane.

Took of the hood and found some shavings wedged between one of the knives and the lock bar on one side. I took it apart cleaned and re-installed, same thing happened. When I looked real close, it looked like the lock bar had actually bent upwards just a bit, enough to allow small chips/dust to wedge in there. I attempted to straighten but continued to get the same result. I finally ordered new lock bars, problem solved.

Be careful, the prices on the locking bars is all over the place, some upwards of $20 ea., I found mine for $13 ea.

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#7 posted 11-14-2014 11:34 PM

Sorry for the late response but waxing the planer solved everything. The wood glides through the planer now! I bought Johnsons Paste Wax. Since i have a cast iron table saw and floor jointer, i waxed them as well for the same results….i cant believe how much it changes it!! Thanks a ton ElChe and good luck to you other guys!

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#8 posted 11-15-2014 12:01 AM

Crazy what a little wax will do. It surprises me in a good way every time I use it.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#9 posted 04-04-2015 11:48 PM

Please help. I just changed the blades on my DeWalt 733 and I followed all of the steps, including using the magnets to install the blade. Everything seems to be fine when I begin planing; however, I am getting horrible sniping beginning about the last four inches of the board. It’s as though knives are dropping and gouging the board. I am also getting kickback at that point. I am pretty sure the blades have been installed correctly. Any suggestions please?

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#10 posted 04-06-2015 12:25 AM

Are you planing wood that has been faced flat on a jointer?

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#11 posted 04-06-2015 03:02 AM

AJ2, thank you for the reply. This morning I took the covers off and looked at everything, including the knives. All of a sudden, it dawned on me that I might have installed the knife blades incorrectly. I pulled up and printed out the pages where it explains how to change the blades and realized I had not placed the two magnets in the correct place. I re-positioned the blades with the magnets in the correct place and could easily see that I had previously exposed too much of the blade—hence, the kickback, the sniping and cuts that were far too big for the depth I had set with the gauge. I also re-adjusted the out feed table with a straight edge, and I believe this has solved the problem. It took me awhile to figure out DeWalt’s drawing with the magnets as they are not the clearest drawings I have ever seen.

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