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Forum topic by Eloyd posted 05-30-2019 06:17 AM 348 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2019 06:17 AM

I have a DeWalt thickness planer, model DW-733. I have had it for 10-15 years, and it works great. However, I am noticing that when I turn the crank down, it works o.k., but when I turn the crank up, it makes grinding noises, and is hard to turn. I usually have to block the base, and use both hands to turn it. I removed the cover housing to see if I could see any visible problem, but all looks as I think it should look. Anyone else have this planner and have this problem?

-- Eloyd

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#1 posted 05-30-2019 01:50 PM

Have you given the columns a good cleaning?

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#2 posted 05-30-2019 03:46 PM

I do, but haven’t had the time to put it on the bench to take apart yet. It goes down but won’t come up. Hopefully I will be able to put it on the bench this weekend and look at it since I got my wife’s project done this week. I had just about saved up for a bench top 8” jointer too, so I’d rather not have to replace the planer instead :)

If I can get mine taken apart this weekend, I’ll post a reply unless someone beats me with a better solution.

This is not the same issue, but has a great set of instructions in the replies on assembly/disassembly

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#3 posted 05-31-2019 02:23 PM

Have you given the columns a good cleaning?

- Bill White

+1 i have delta same problem cleaned them up real good now it glides like hot knife through butter :<))))

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#4 posted 05-31-2019 03:01 PM

Yes. Clean/lube the columns. and lube the screws. Also, check to see if the break is dragging for some reason. No need to take anything apart to do these things.

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#5 posted 05-31-2019 03:18 PM

Mine was doing the same thing.
I gave everything a good cleaning and then used WD40 Lock Lube and man what a difference!

I sprayed it on the big screw and also the scissor bracket in the center.

Make sure you cover the bed of the planner because you don’t want this stuff to find its way onto your boards.

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