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Forum topic by joea99 posted 08-27-2018 11:21 PM 526 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2018 11:21 PM

2 year old dewalt 734. Lightly used, some hemfir and rough sawn red oak that I made into stair treads Nice machine, very smooth cuts.

Lately, starting with some older stained and cupped red oak it began feeding a bit slower and erratically.

Went to clean the rubber feed roller and noticed I could rotate it a bit, back and froth, as if taking up slack before it gave me a lot of resistance. Truth be told, I was just trying to see if I could clean it completely without having to plug it in and power it a few times, hoping it would stop with an uncleaned area exposed.

Crux of my question is – is that “looseness” normal, or do I need to look into the drive system? There is no clue in the manual and their Tech line had no answer.

And, what should I use to clean the roller, since “solvents” seem to be prohibited?

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 11:33 PM

Not sure about the movement but I use rubbing alcohol on my 735 rollers. You also should clean and wax the bottom platen. Johnson’s paste wax works well.

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#2 posted 08-28-2018 01:24 AM

I use rubbing alcohol but I’d wax the bed first to see if that fixes the problem.

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

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#3 posted 08-28-2018 03:06 AM

+2 rubbing alcohol and wax the bed. I turned mine on and off quickly to progress the roller. They don’t roll quickly so i got em clean in just a few minutes time.

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#4 posted 09-01-2018 04:37 PM

Cleaning the rollers seems to have solved the feeding issue. Waxing was just done as it took some effort to find Johnson’s paste wax. Used to be everywhere. Home Depot has it on the shelf.

Thanks for the help.

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#5 posted 09-02-2018 03:25 AM

Waxing was just done as it took some effort to find Johnson s paste wax. Used to be everywhere. Home Depot has it on the shelf.

Last time I was looking for it, the young clerk thought I was asking “Where is the face wax?” She was completely clueless… too young to even have a grandma who used it I suppose…

(I did eventually find someone old enough to know what I was asking for, and I got the last can they had on the shelf!)

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#6 posted 09-02-2018 02:17 PM

Here is a tip for those looking for stuff at Home Depot that juvenile employees don’t understand. Before going to the store, go to the Home Depot web page and select the store location you are going to shop. Then, search for the product you are looking for. First, you will find out whether it is in stock. Second, the product description page tells what aisle and bay the item is located on. I just looked for Johnson’s Paste at my store and found they have 12 in stock. They are located on aisle 7, bay 12. No searching or asking for help required (if it works).

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#7 posted 09-02-2018 02:22 PM

I believe the looseness is normal. The feed rollers are chain driven so there is some play with the sprockets.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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