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Trying new tools #3: Setting up new planer, great results! (DW735)

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Blog entry by jamsomito posted 12-14-2020 05:25 AM 742 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Opened up my new DeWalt 735x planer, went through all the checks, kicked the tires, and was pleasantly surprised. All I did was install the height adjustment wheel/handle and dust port adapter per the instructions and snap on the table extension wings. I did adjust the wings with a 4ft level to make them flush with the bed.

That’s it.

Ran a board through a few passes and was initially kind of bummed seeing a snipe line across the grain at either end, expecting a lifelong rabbit hole of trying to eliminate it… But when I went to measure, it was only about 2.5 thousandths on the exit side and even less on the entrance side of the board. I suppose I should be happy about that!

The finish out of the machine is otherwise flawless. Very smooth, very nice.

The machine is pretty heavy, but I can move it around as needed. Back was sore later in the evening though… And I was expecting this thing to be ear-piercing even with ear muffs on, but with hearing protection it’s not that bad. So perhaps expectations are everything, but I was also pleasantly relieved at both these issues.

Looking forward to many a board foot together with this nice machine.



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EarlS

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#1 posted 12-14-2020 12:53 PM

Get the cart that goes with it so you don’t wind up with a back injury. You will also notice the sound increases as the blades get dull. All in all, it is a great planer.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 12-14-2020 01:35 PM

Congrats on your new planer. I’ve had mine 3 years now and it’s great. Try raising both beds very slightly to eliminate the snipe. I had the same problem and this took care of it. On occasion there may be a snipe on one end now but for the most part it’s gone.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 12-14-2020 01:57 PM


Get the cart that goes with it so you don t wind up with a back injury. You will also notice the sound increases as the blades get dull. All in all, it is a great planer.

- EarlS

A little birdie told me I might have a DW7350 stand on the way for Christmas :) I think this will be great insurance. Also – makes sense about the dull blades getting louder. Thanks for the heads up.


Congrats on your new planer. I ve had mine 3 years now and it s great. Try raising both beds very slightly to eliminate the snipe. I had the same problem and this took care of it. On occasion there may be a snipe on one end now but for the most part it s gone.

- doubleDD

Thanks! I have heard of this solution. I watched a fantastic video on DW735 snipe here, I highly recommend it: https://youtu.be/wcOUKAxrTy0

Based on his comments I’m not sure I want to raise the wings – but I haven’t put any actual project workpieces through this yet. If it becomes annoying it definitely couldn’t hurt to try.

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#4 posted 12-19-2020 04:46 AM

1+ on raising the table ends slightly. Lay a 4’ level on the planer bed, and adjust the far indeed and far outfeed side of the tables until you can slide a quarter under the middle of the level.

It works great. No drawbacks that I’ve found.

Also, once you get your planer cart… Set the moveable wheel to the inboard side of the cart. Works great.

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

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#5 posted 12-19-2020 03:30 PM

Thanks pinto, I may actually end up giving that a try. I ran a few more pieces through the planer last night and the snipe is already getting to me, haha.

As for the wheel… I put mine on the inside but it looks like you also reversed the pedal action… I have to reach way in to adjust mine because it’s sloping the other way. How did you do that?

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