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Forum topic by Stanley Coker posted 12-06-2017 09:37 PM 747 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Coker

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12-06-2017 09:37 PM

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Hey everyone, I have a DeWalt DW735 planer and the switch burn up on it and I took it to my work place and the plant electrician put another switch on it and while I had it there he built me a really good stand for it. The problem that I have since I got it back in my shop, is that it is VERY hard to crank the wheel to raise and lower the planer. I have took the cover off and cleaned out around all the corner post and the chain that goes around them. There is nothing, that I can see to make it so hard to turn. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem with a DeWalt DW735. I have actually went back to my older Ridgid planer because it is so hard to use the DeWalt.

Will be Thankful for any help with this problem.


-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#1 posted 12-06-2017 09:50 PM

Hard to crank in both directions? Or just down?

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 09:56 PM

Here’s a blog I did on this very topic. Mine was due to wood chips inside the machine though, so It may not apply to your situation.

Hopefully the electrician didn’t install something that interferes with the planer carriage movement.
Try lubricating the four threaded posts with Bostik Glidecote. It is a non-silicone based dry lubricant that helps a great deal with the hand crank adjustments on the 735. Use it on the planer beds while your at it.

Good luck. Let us know what you figure out.

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

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Stanley Coker

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 11:17 PM

Shane, it is in both directions.

I will get some Bostik Glidecote and try it. Hopefully that will do the trick.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#4 posted 12-10-2017 05:35 PM

Just a thought. Could the whole unit have gotten racked when it was mounted on the new base? If it is held down with screws or bolts, try loosening them and then try the crank again. If it is still “stiff”, check the cast aluminum base to see if it has gotten warped or twisted. Also, could there be something keeping the locking mechanism from fully releasing?

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#5 posted 12-10-2017 07:01 PM

Thanks bilyo, I will check this as soon as I can. It is getting really busy around here right before Christmas. I love this time of the year, but sometimes I am glad when it is over.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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