Benchtop thickness planer (Dewalt 733) #1: Mounting Wixey digital readout

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-09-2013 12:11 AM 12011 reads 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Benchtop thickness planer
Mounting Wixey digital readout

Some months ago I finally got myself a thickness planer.
After reading tons of tests I decided to look for the Dewalt 733 (Europe model).
The reason was that it seemed to be a real workhorse and everyone seemed to love it once they got it.
Also it has a four point lock mechanism that makes it the planer on the marked with the least snipe.
Finally the knifes are easy to get and to get at a fair price.
After looking for a while I got a good deal app. 650 dollar, that’s 350 dollar of the normal price in Denmark (We pay app. double than you for Dewalt products…), the retail price is 950 dollar here.

I only ran a few meters of pine for a project in the workshop, so I will not make a review yet, but it did the job just perfect and was so easy to use that I will guess a child of six could operate it…
Ok, not a good idea!!!

When I was searching for info on the planer I fell over this video on YouTube, it is a guy that goes by the name fishfreak911 that made it and he shows his two mods. First the digital readout and then the dust collection port mod, both are cool upgrades and I decided to do both, and take pictures in case others want to follow.


Here it is, my new planer, running its first board.
Yes I am a happy guy, no doubt!

So I purchased the Wixey digital readout from Ebay UK and it was delivered in DK only few days later.
Here the specifications.
It came in hard plastic pack and with all the screws and mounting needed and a fine manual on how to mount it on different brands of planers.

Here pictures from the fast view on the back of the pack.

And the rest.
Inside was also a really good step by step, that made it quite simple to mount, but not piece of cake I think.
Here a link to the Pdf manual:
(Why I made this blog).

On this picture you see the normal readout.

Remove it.

Here you see the threaded holes that we use later.

Now mount the screw in the height adjustment bolt under the readout.
I used some water pipe tape to make it stay.

Now level the planer table with the readout, while adjusting the screw.
I used a straight edge.

The front of the readout should be by the front side of the inside of the planer cabinet.
Edge to edge.

Remove the tape protection.

Put the readout in place.
And pull up the arm.

Drill a hole for the readout.

And one more in the top.

Here the self-cutting bolts.

Mount them.

Yes, the top also.

Now mount the brace for the cutter head in the holes from earlier.

And the brace on the readout.

Hold them over each other.

And screw them together.

Like so!

And we got a digital readout mounted on the planer.
Nice – yeaaaaaaaa!

The display with fast easy calibration.

That’s it, I will see if I can make a blog later about using it and a review when used it for a while.

Hope this can bring some inspiration. perhaps even some mod’s.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 12:31 AM

congrat´s with the toy :-)
not that I can use this for now but its sure good to know where to go for help
I see it got the best place in the shop …. the kitchen
it most be nice to have the chips maker so close to the hot oil ….. lol
thanks Mads for sharing

take care

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 12:48 AM

Nice and congrats! I may be looking into that digital readout gizmo for my own planer but not sure if it would really avoid me having to use my calipers to check thickness after each cut. Would help tremendously with large projects though. Just picked up a similar digital tool for checking angles on my table saw and mitre saw blades and now I cant work without it.

Also, I think it’s odd that the European version of the DW planer still uses imperial standard and not metric. Do woodworkers abroad use imperial measurements?

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 12:51 AM

We truly are in a digital world. That’s a nifty little device. Let us know how it works out. Take care.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 12:54 AM

I will soon be getting the Wixey Digital Planer Readout for my DeWalt 735 planer. This blog helps to give me the confidence to install it (properly).

Thank you, for taking the time to document this (and everything else you contribute to LJs)!!!

-- 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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#5 posted 01-09-2013 12:55 AM

Great set of photos, Mads! I have one of these on my Dewalt 735 and I love it. Accurate and repeat-ability.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 12:58 AM

I know you’re gonna luv that planer. You’ve got it all “hi-teched” out. Wow! Digital bliss.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 01:10 AM

I have the American 733 it has never had a lick of trouble I think I am due to a sharpening soon but it really is no big deal a few passes on the Tormek and the knifes are ready to go. I also Installed this Wixey and it is great although my digital calipers say that the readings are slightly different but its wood as long as all the parts are the same thickness I dont worry about numbers less then .003 in the two readings. when the finished wood is all the same thickness. I like the planer and the wixey

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 01:18 AM

you must be the only other guy here
that has the resolve to work how and wherever you can mads

like you
my whole house has become the workshop
something i need to pay attention to
when i wake to use the bathroom
at 4 in the morning
walking around can be a real test
without banging into
and knocking something over
(i have aflashlight by the bed for that) lol

great new planer you got there
and the digital ting is good too

do your japanese hand planes get along with it OK
or is that why it is in the kitchen by itself

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 02:02 AM

Thanks for documenting this Mads. I’ve got a 734 and will consider this same modification.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 01-09-2013 03:26 AM

Very nice Mads! Next you will want a DRO (digital read out) on everything! I am sure you know they are standard equipment in the machinist’s shop. I will be in the market for new planer soon and it is good someone happy with theirs—my old Delta snipes like crazy.


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#11 posted 01-09-2013 05:38 AM

Congrat on your new planer. a fine planer in my opinion.

I also got the same wixey 510. I am ashamed to say I used it on once. I just keep going to that caliper.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 01-09-2013 05:42 AM

Now I need one. Thought I was doing fine with calipers!

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 01-09-2013 11:11 AM

Congrats on the new planer Mads. Great blog on the readout fixture installation. Wixey makes good products as does DeWalt. I’ve never seen one in Norway yet. I am guessing you are familiar with the various jigs you can make to use this machine as a jointer too. Contact me if You can’t find any plans for one. I have an old FWW article on this that I can send over to you on the net. Have fun with your new toy!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 01-09-2013 11:19 AM

Now I need a better thickness planer and a DRO too! Mine is the most basic model, snipes like crazy, has a warped bed, and isn’t accurate at all…

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#15 posted 01-09-2013 09:08 PM

Hi ho,
Yes dennis it is in the kitchen – this because we live in the workshop now, so this is where there are room… From February the shop should be up and running again so I can use the kitchen as kitchen only…
JC, I also have the digital readout for the TS blade angel and love it, time will show if it becomes the same with this. In Europe we use metric, but in the old days we used imperial.
DIY, I will be so happy if the blog can help, so let me know.
Thedude, I hear all over that this planer is a real workhorse so I feel I made a good choice.
David, do not put the planer in the bathroom, imagine you going there in the morning, peeing half asleep only to find out you just hit the power on your planer instead of the flush while you were peeing in the planer…
My Japanese planes are more than happy, they will make the surface while the 733 make the sweat.
Randy austin, let me know pls.
Brian, yes pehaps a digital readout for my hammer could be cool… ;-)
Ian, it will be interesting to see if I end up with the caliper also… But it will still look cool when the guys come for a beer – laughs.
Madts, big laugh here!
Mike, I will be so happy and know you are working on it now, thank you. I bought the readout from ebay UK.
Thomas, yes it sounds like you need to start saving money, it is not the finest specifications I heard…
Thank you all for the comments.
Hope you are all fine!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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