Snipe problems with Dewalt 735 Planer

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02-18-2010 03:24 AM

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After I bought this planer I noticed a snipe mark consistantly at 2 1/2” from the end of the board I am planing. I had read somewhere of this issue with this this Model planer so I purchased the table extensions as the article stated that they helped solve the issue. I am seeing no difference since installing the table extensions. Has anyone else had the same experience and is there a fix for it.

-- Jim Oswego NY

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 03:38 AM

i don’t have this planer but if you put about an 1/8” slope on the in/out feed tables you should get less or no snipe. like if your looking at the planer from the side tha tables should look like a “V” almost that explanation is just to give you a mental pic. obveiously tha tables souldn’t be that high but like i said if u put a straight edge from one side to the other and adjust the tables so there is about 1/8” + or – under the straight edge and the top of the table closest to the machine. try and keep us posted!

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 03:42 AM

I’ll give it a try and let you know how it turns out.

-- Jim Oswego NY

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 03:52 AM

Interesting tip. I would be interested to know if others do this and if it works. I spent so much time to get them lined up!

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 04:03 AM

Greetings bullseye: I don’t own this planer either..I have a Delta…, but they are all the same. I mean you have adjustments on the bottom bolts and rods to help take out the snipe. The simplest solution if you still get snipe…. just cut your boards about 3-4” longer than your needed length, and trim the snipe off…....done….

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 04:10 AM

From what I’ve read online and the reviews on this site Its one of the best bench top planers out there.. I’ve had mine for about 5yrs now and once and a great while I’ll get alittle snipe but that was because the board was a little warped or the material was thin and springs upward slightly . When I’m feeding stock through it I’ll slightly lift up on the wood untill I feel alittle presure but once it starts feeding into the planer I let go… and as it comes out I’ll lift up on it again slightly and kind of push down on the board as it exits the planer.

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 04:21 AM

I’d go with bigike’s advice.

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 04:21 AM

I haven’t run the planer but I did check the the slope of the tables and they are both up and I am wondering if they are up too much. The gap at the planer table looks to be about 3/16” and I’m not sure where it should be there wern’t any adjustment recommendations only assembly instructions.

-- Jim Oswego NY

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#8 posted 02-18-2010 04:22 AM

The outfeed table has to support the piece without it sloping down. If it slopes down it’s as if it is falling out of the planer. Bigike is right about the 1/8 or so. There are adjustment screws under the outfeed table to “raise it up”. The farthest point from the planer is where you want it to be higher, and the weight of the material running through the feeds should make the material flat as it is fed through. So any more then 1/8 may be to much unless you are feeding something real heavy. You may consider building an entirely new table that you fit all the way through the planer. You would lose the thickness of the material you use, but could just deduct it as you set your height. I’d post pictures, and I may still, but I’m a little lazy right now. LOL.

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#9 posted 02-18-2010 04:33 AM
something like that might help.

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#10 posted 02-18-2010 04:49 AM

I have the Dewalt DW734. I adjust the tables so that with a straight edge running across the far ends of both in/outfeed tables it is roughly the width of a penny above the fixed table. This configuration reduces (although doesn’t completely eliminate snipe) to the point where it is removed with a light sanding. If I need absolute perfection, I plane all the stock before cutting to length. That way I can cut any snipe off the ends and interior cuts are not affected.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#11 posted 02-18-2010 04:55 AM

I have this planer with the extension tables. Out of the box it was putting some serious snipe on some SYP boards I was resawing and milling and I was very unhappy. I then ran some Oak, Maple and Ash through it and strangely there was practically no snipe and what was present will easily sand out without much effort.

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#12 posted 02-18-2010 05:07 AM

The material I have been running is hard maple, so your telling me if I run softer woods the snipe will be more prevailent. I like the a lot of the recommendations so far. Looks like it need to experiment with this planer to see what it may like.

-- Jim Oswego NY

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#13 posted 02-18-2010 07:39 PM

You may want to watch this video also. It shows how to adjust the outfeed/infeed tables to eliminate most of the snipe.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#14 posted 02-18-2010 10:10 PM

I have a DW733, and bigike is right. If I set my tables so they are dead flat with the bed, I get snipe like crazy. With the outside ends of the tables tweaked a skosh under 1/8”, the snipe goes away. If I am planing anything longer than about 2 feet, or if the stock is heavy (e.g 5/4 oak), I set up a couple of roller stands for outfeed support.

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#15 posted 02-18-2010 10:39 PM

I think all planers leave snipe, some may leave more than others, but it is almost always there. I have the Dewalt 735 and get very little snipe, sometimes I have to look really hard to see it, but it is almost always there. I bought the planer wothout the outfeed tables and ended up purchasing them shortly after. They came set up as described by bigike, and like I said, there is very little snipe. I also wax all tables with Renaissance Wax (, this may or may not help with snipe, but it sure helps the boards slide through smoothly. Other than that, I have been using the planer as is, right out of the box.

One more thing, I notice with my planer that the larger the amount of material that I try to take off per pass, the larger the amount of snipe (to a certain point, it’s not exactly proportional). If you take smaller cuts at slower speeds, I think this will help reduce snipe. Also, another suggestion was given that has helped me, lift the board slightly in the infeed/outfeed, just until the second roller engages on the infeed side and then lift again when the first roller disengages on the outfeed side. I hope that made sense.


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