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Dewalt DW734 12.5" benchtop planer dust ejection port to feed side right vs left

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Forum topic by xanderphillips posted 05-28-2019 11:18 PM 2567 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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xanderphillips

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05-28-2019 11:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question dewalt planer dust dust collection

The dust port on the DW734 ejects to the left when facing the unit.

I need it to eject basically any direction but left!

Out the top, straight out the back, or out the left (when facing the feed side) would be perfect.

As Dewalt doesn’t seem to think anyone would even need to duct any direction but to the left, and I have not been able to locate any 3rd party ports that would do the trick, I’m sort of stuck.

Anyone seen such an animal and know where I could get one?

I had thought of trying to fabricate something myself out of metal ductwork but my metal crafting skills are horrible.

It’s just ridiculous that that port isn’t able to be flipped to eject out the other side.

Hoping someone else has had this issue and already found a simple solution that I can replicate, as my shop layout needs to be such that the planer is stuck where it is, and I really don’t want to be banging into the dust hose on that thing all the time!

Thanks for any help!
Paul


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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 05-28-2019 11:24 PM

Most big tools eject where they eject without any way to rearrange it. You will need to use some elbows to redirect, but you will also want dust collection. The elbow will slow the chips down and they’ll get clogged up.

Can you not turn around and plane the other direction?

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

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#2 posted 05-28-2019 11:45 PM

Not really, the way my shop is with the doors etc this is where and how it needs to be. I’ve labored on the arrangements for quite some time unfortunately, and this was my best option. I guess I could just hook/unhook a flex hose with a 90 elbow on it from the ceiling, and when not using it tuck it up into a hanger in the overhead… Would love to figure out a leave in place method though. If I had a reference CAD image from Dewalt of the part I could doctor that up to eject the opposite side and have one 3d printed… I seriously doubt they would share that with me though!

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 05-28-2019 11:58 PM

Can you use that one as parts and then with some 1/4” ply make a new one facing the way you need.

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

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#4 posted 05-29-2019 01:23 AM


Can you use that one as parts and then with some 1/4” ply make a new one facing the way you need.

- firefighterontheside


Similar to the above, I would make a collector box out of 1/4” plywood modeled after the original plastic one. Use some metal brackets to screw it to the ejection ports and attach a plastic adapter for your flex hose (available from WoodCraft and elsewhere).

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xanderphillips

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#5 posted 05-29-2019 02:22 AM

Both excellent ideas. Toyed with something similar, may need to tap the aluminum body to mount it.

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#6 posted 05-29-2019 02:58 AM

I have the same problem with my older rigid planer, it has a tapered fitting, with the two inch where I need the four inch. A 2 inch dust port on a 13 inch planer is a stupid design.

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#7 posted 05-29-2019 02:12 PM

I have the same planer, but have never considered reversing the dust chute. I have had to make some minor repairs to mine and was able to do so with some aluminum strips and small sheet metal screws. I’ve not found any glue that will work on the plastic, but it will hold small screws if pre-drilled. Maybe you could flip the existing chute over and then fashion some aluminum clips to hold it in place against the dust port. Some strips of foam weather striping could be used to seal it up. It is held in place with two hooked plastic tabs and a screw on the bottom. It doesn’t seem like it would be difficult to fashion these parts out of aluminum strap and screw them on.

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#8 posted 05-29-2019 04:14 PM

This is all very funny to me, and I’m imagining the dilemma from a Dewalt engineer’s perspective…

1. Dewalt 734 users complain that the dust chute only goes to the left.

2. Dewalt responds with the 735 design that ejects straight out the back.

3. Dewalt 735 users complain that they have to rig something up to hold the hose to one side! Why didn’t Dewalt have a plastic chute that directs the hose to one side?

Well obviously the engineers can’t win, because as consumers we’re never satisfied.

My planer is on a mobile cart, so if I didn’t like the way the DC hose came off the port, I would just spin the planer 180 degrees. If you don’t want to do that, just hard pipe a “smoke stack” onto the planer. I’m thinking a simple HVAC 90 degree (or two 45’s) elbow and a short length of straight metal pipe. The smoke stack would stay on the planer, and you could connect it to a length of flex hose from above.

I have a strap hanging off my DC line. I loop the flex hose through the strap to support it from above. Works great for me.
Good luck.

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

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xanderphillips

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#9 posted 05-29-2019 04:38 PM

I like the design that has the one that comes straight out the back. It allows you to throw on a 90 elbow to whichever direction you need including up! Having it only go left or right is artificially limiting the placement of the tool. If they won’t make it ambidextrous it would be nice to at least let you buy an ‘other direction’ chute as an after-market add-on. Another difficulty is that the rigid plastic doesn’t even connect to the planer flatly which would give me a flat surface to mate up to with a homemade chute, so I will have to make it a crazy weird shape to mate up. Oh well.

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#10 posted 06-01-2019 07:06 PM

I got it sorted! Made a box with a baffle, weather stripping to seal to the planer, and a dust shut off. L brackets attach to planer with thumb screws into threaded holes I tapped into the planer’s carriage.

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#11 posted 06-02-2019 03:43 PM

Good job! And, I assume it works good. Why wouldn’t it?
Thanks for the follow-up.

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