Dewalt Planer Measuring Wheel is Stuck

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Forum topic by DonovanL posted 11-21-2018 05:02 PM 711 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2018 05:02 PM

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Hi all. I purchased the Dewalt 735 13” planer yesterday, and after about an hour of planing, the height adjustment wheel stuck and will no longer turn. Has anyone else had this issue?
Initially I thought maybe I’d done something with the turret stopper that was preventing it from turning but I don’t think that’s the case (only because I’ve tried moving it around a lot and it didn’t change anything).
Has anyone else has this issue, or can shed any light on what could be the culprit?
Thanks in advance for your input!

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#1 posted 11-21-2018 05:11 PM

The hand wheel drives a chain like a bike has that turns sprockets on the four screw post. Inspect the chain and sprockets for jamming by any wood chips.

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#2 posted 11-21-2018 05:47 PM

Open up the top cover and check for wood chips. I once had a hole in the dust shroud, and the inside of the planer completely filled with sawdust. The height adjustment crank wouldn’t move at all. I replaced the cracked shroud to keep all the dust moving on to the dust collector, and it was fixed.

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#3 posted 11-26-2018 03:02 AM

Thanks guys! So turns out the chain was jammed with sawdust.
When I took the top off it was covered in sawdust and upon further investigation I found that the adapter I used to connect the dust collection to my shop vac had clogged, causing sawdust to become backed up into the planer. Once I vacuumed out the top of the planer the height adjustment works perfectly. Additionally I’ve learned it’s much better to have a wider hose for the dust collector.

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