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Forum topic by GraceAndDrew posted 12-07-2017 08:46 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2017 08:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer dw734 dewalt

I have a weird issue with me Dewalt DW734 planer. It seems to be cutting lower on the left side (when feeding). And by lower, I don’t mean a gradual slope…it’s like snipe, but on the side. The board is flat but about an inch from the left edge it has about 1/16” more removed. There is a moderately steep slope to the part with the extra material removed (not a sharp edge). It looks just like snipe.

This only happens with large panels around 12” wide…so full capacity for the planer. When I flip the board to the other side is does the same thing.

I noticed when making an end grain cutting board and when you flip the pieces for the final glue up, the “snipe” on one piece meets up with the “snipe” on another piece and I have a big gap.

What on Earth?

-- Grace & Drew Woodworking,

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#1 posted 12-07-2017 09:34 PM

I have this same planer. If I understand you correctly you’re saying that the snipe is not on the ends of the board—as in when the board enters or leaves the planer the snipe is usually found on either the leading or trailing edge—but in your case the snipe is all along the left edge. Is that right? I’ve never experienced this.

I assume you have ruled out that the stock being planed is warped or twisted in some way or debris in the planer that gets under the stock might cause the snipe. I wonder if this might be related to the position of the infeed and/or outfeed supports? Perhaps some debris has gotten in there and changed their alignment?

You stated that this only happens on stock that is close to the maximum capacity of the planer (12”). So if you were to plane a board that is 6” wide and run it down the left side of the planer there is no snipe and the planed stock is consistent in thickness? Maybe there’s a problem with the roller mechanism—or what holds the stock down to the planer bed? Maybe if you opened it up and cleaned it out well with compressed air it might clear out some stuck debris?

Perhaps the knives have moved slightly in the head—although I don’t know how that would be possible given all the fasteners used to hold them. Have you tried removing and flipping the knives or getting them sharpened? If I remember correctly the knives are adjusted/held in place with a magnetic tool that comes with the planer. Have you check to make sure that the knives are adjusted/positioned correctly?

Good luck with this issue and please let us know if you find the root cause of the problem.

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#2 posted 12-07-2017 09:54 PM

Yeah it’s weird. I’ll take it apart and see what I find. I rotated the blades about 2 months ago and they are still good. I’ll run a smaller board down the left side and see what I get.

I’ll let everyone know what I find.

-- Grace & Drew Woodworking,

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#3 posted 12-07-2017 09:55 PM

Sounds like your rollers need adjustment.


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