DW735 routine maintenance

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Forum topic by greatview posted 03-04-2015 01:43 PM 1348 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2015 01:43 PM

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Other than waxing the table, keeping sharp blades installed and keeping the rollers clean is there anything I should do on a more or less regular basis. (like changing the oil in a car) I’ve had the DW735 for quite a few years and have no problem with it, I’d prefer not to wait until it fails. On the other hand, if it ain’t broke….

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#1 posted 03-04-2015 02:48 PM

Sounds like you’ve got it covered to me! Clean rollers and clean, sharp knives are the most important. All other areas such as bearings and pulleys are sealed, so no routine maintenance there. If you are the only person using the machine, then you will notice straight away if something doesn’t feel or sound right. The only other things I would keep an eye on are the rise and fall mechanism (keep clean and free from chips that may jam it) and the pulley belt (assuming it has one!) tension. Just keep it clean and it will be good for many years yet.


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 02:56 PM

I have the DW735….
I have done nothing to it except the waxing, sharp blades and an occasional shop-vac to the outside.
Wish I had done more….

The height adjustment handle became harder & harder to turn.
Now the lift mechanism is all messed up. The machine is racked, front to back.
It won’t raise or lower. I will be doing non-elective surgery, to heal/repair the patient.
I think an exploratory/cleaning surgery would have prevented any problems.

There have been a few posts, here on LJs, that refer to this same issue.
This one, details the dis-assembly process (I think?)....

I haven’t opened it up yet….
but I’ll bet dust/chip build-up is causing my issue.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 01:55 AM

I have an older Ridgid and a big Woodmaster and I am diligent about keeping the dust and debris brushed/blown out after every use. (especially on the threaded adjustment parts).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 02:11 AM

Check to make sure dust doesn’t accumulate around the dust shroud. Sometimes the shroud will crack and spill chips into the machine there. It makes the height adjustment wheel difficult to crank.

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

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