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Forum topic by MattR posted 08-03-2018 12:47 AM 1835 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MattR

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08-03-2018 12:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer dw735 issue

I have been using my DW735 for a few months now and for the life of me I just can’t change the speed setting. I am stuck on #2 and no matter the strength I apply to try to change it to #1 it just won’t go. As per the manufacturer direction I am only trying while the planer is running.

I opened the casing to see if there was any glaring mechanical issue, but i couldn’t see anything abnormal.

Any thoughts? As any of you played with the mechanism around the rod to change the stiffness of the speed selector?


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#1 posted 08-03-2018 01:01 AM

Have you tried moving the lever to the right all the way (just a tad move over than the #2 setting), then moving it to the left? It just might be jammed from trying to switch gears and not resetting properly.

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#2 posted 08-03-2018 01:26 AM

Mine moves easily. I did have a situation where the power went out while planing and it was like being stuck in neutral. I started it and flipped the speed selector left and right until it started feeding again. After removing the board.

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#3 posted 08-03-2018 01:36 AM

I will give it a try tomorrow. Hopefully that helps!

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#4 posted 08-03-2018 02:16 AM

I’ve never had an issue with mine. The switch moves freely without issue. Also, note that the lever should only be moved while the planner is running.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 08-03-2018 07:21 AM

Wow!!!! Thanks for posting this info…I thought I read the manual, but do not recall the part about not moving the selector unless the machine is running. I have probably only ever moved it two or three times, but it has never been running when I did!! Mine moves very easily when not running….now I will have to try it running. It probably will be just as stuck as the OP’s!!!

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#6 posted 08-03-2018 11:41 AM

If nothing else, contact DeWalt directly. Their customer service has always been helpful and prompt responding to questions.

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

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Rayne

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#7 posted 08-03-2018 11:48 AM



Wow!!!! Thanks for posting this info…I thought I read the manual, but do not recall the part about not moving the selector unless the machine is running. I have probably only ever moved it two or three times, but it has never been running when I did!! Mine moves very easily when not running….now I will have to try it running. It probably will be just as stuck as the OP s!!!

- msinc

That’s really strange to have it moving while not running. Mine is completely locked from moving when it’s off. It only moves when running. Plus I only knew about moving the selector when running because it said it underneath the selector. Maybe that’s a new addition to the machine.

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msinc

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#8 posted 08-03-2018 01:05 PM


Wow!!!! Thanks for posting this info…I thought I read the manual, but do not recall the part about not moving the selector unless the machine is running. I have probably only ever moved it two or three times, but it has never been running when I did!! Mine moves very easily when not running….now I will have to try it running. It probably will be just as stuck as the OP s!!!

- msinc

That s really strange to have it moving while not running. Mine is completely locked from moving when it s off. It only moves when running. Plus I only knew about moving the selector when running because it said it underneath the selector. Maybe that s a new addition to the machine.

- Rayne

Wow!!! Now I really do feel stupid!!! At this point I am afraid to touch the thing…it will probably throw a rod!!!!

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#9 posted 08-03-2018 01:13 PM

I’ve never seen the need to shift out of the faster feed speed (#2). It results in a very smooth board that only requires a bit of sanding to be ready for finish.

Do others use the slower speed? I suppose I might use it for some highly figured wood prone to tearout, but I’ve never had a problem with speed #2 in the years I’ve had my planer. I don’t think I’ve ever even shifted it.

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#10 posted 08-03-2018 01:36 PM

Do others use the slower speed?

I rarely switch out of the slower speed, I get the best finish possible, the difference in time it takes is seconds.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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msinc

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#11 posted 08-03-2018 01:56 PM


I ve never seen the need to shift out of the faster feed speed (#2). It results in a very smooth board that only requires a bit of sanding to be ready for finish.

Do others use the slower speed? I suppose I might use it for some highly figured wood prone to tearout, but I ve never had a problem with speed #2 in the years I ve had my planer. I don t think I ve ever even shifted it.

- jonah

Yeah, I mean, I almost never use the slow speed either. If the knives are in good shape and the wood is not exotic or highly figured I get a very smooth finish that is all I need. I have probably only used the slower speed maybe twice in the three years I’ve had the planer. New knives are cheap, they drop in and set up so easy and again, the finish this little planer produces exceeds my expectations to the point that I have a hard time justifying a Shelix for it. Of course, now that you guys have pointed out my stupidity it has to blow up the next time I use it anyway!!!


Do others use the slower speed?

I rarely switch out of the slower speed, I get the best finish possible, the difference in time it takes is seconds.

- bondogaposis

I agree it is only a few seconds difference and the other thing I have thought about is that running it so it feeds slower might be a little easier on the machine and help it to last a little longer.

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#12 posted 08-03-2018 02:08 PM


I agree it is only a few seconds difference and the other thing I have thought about is that running it so it feeds slower might be a little easier on the machine and help it to last a little longer.

- msinc


The feed rate slows. The knives hit the work more often. Don’t think the slower setting saves any wear on the machine.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 08-03-2018 02:15 PM

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#14 posted 08-03-2018 02:17 PM

I agree it is only a few seconds difference and the other thing I have thought about is that running it so it feeds slower might be a little easier on the machine and help it to last a little longer.

- msinc

The feed rate slows. The knives hit the work more often. Don t think the slower setting saves any wear on the machine.

- Gene Howe

I understand what you are saying, my thoughts are that the board being pulled thru faster requires more load on the motor and the blades hitting less often but still at a given cut depth have to now cut more with each hit…..sounds easier on the machine to run it slower to me. Less power to pull the board thru…less wood being cut per hit of the blade??? I don’t know, I guess I could be wrong.

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clin

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#15 posted 08-03-2018 03:32 PM

I also only use the slow speed. There’s no question it puts less load on it and may increase its longevity. The slower speed also works well for the way I use it. I typically need to walk to the outfeed side to support a long board. Slower allows me to make sure it is feeding in properly, then I can calmly walk around catch the board.

Sure I could do this at the faster speed, but slower allows me to stay calmer and not mix up boards or surfaces.

Bottom line I’m not a production shop and a few moments longer per board just doesn’t matter.

-- Clin

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