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Forum topic by bugradx2 posted 05-26-2020 04:18 PM 231 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bugradx2

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05-26-2020 04:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer

Has anyone else tried to replace the steel bed in their DeWalt planer? I got a used one for a wonderful price that has functioned wonderfully. It has a scratch in the planer bed the previous owner put in it, I’m thinking a buried screw or nail?

Anyway, I can’t get the darn screws holding the bed down to loosen up. I’ve tried brute force, WD40, and even heating the bold head with a soldering iron. it’s 4 little screws. I’m thinking there must be some kind of industrial locktite or something. I’m about ready to get a torch and heat the bottom of the screw to see if that loosens it up. I really don’t want to use the “red wrench” for fear of hurting the threads somehow.

I truly love the planer, it works great but if I have a piece go over where it’s scratched I wind up with a scratch in the wood. The replacement part was cheap to buy so it didn’t seem worth it to try and polish it flat.

Any help is appreciated.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time


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#1 posted 05-26-2020 04:29 PM

DeWalt customer service ask them.

1 (800) 433-9258

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#2 posted 05-26-2020 04:40 PM

Are you trying to replace the bed for a reason or ascetics? Unless there’s a problem with it, it’s not a big deal. You could even fill it with something like bondo if you desire it to be smooth.
Just my 2 cents.

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Jackryan

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#3 posted 05-26-2020 06:38 PM

Sounds like you need to remove the material displaced above the bed with sandpaper. The scratch below the bed is immaterial, or fill with epoxy.

-- Dave, Wi.

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bugradx2

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#4 posted 05-27-2020 04:34 PM

they weren’t a heck of a lot of help. Thanks for the option though.


DeWalt customer service ask them.

1 (800) 433-9258

- AlaskaGuy


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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bugradx2

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#5 posted 05-27-2020 04:38 PM

I’m trying to replace the bed because it will leave a scratch down the underside of anything I put through the planer. If it’s narrow I just don’t use that side.

I didn’t try to take the plate off before ordering the replacement piece. It’s 4 screws, I figured it would be a 2 minute fix with an inexpensive part from DeWalt which is why I didn’t try to sand the scratch smooth and leave it. Honestly, it’s kind of got me mad now and I want to put the part on there that I bought!


Are you trying to replace the bed for a reason or ascetics? Unless there s a problem with it, it s not a big deal. You could even fill it with something like bondo if you desire it to be smooth.
Just my 2 cents.

- hcbph_1


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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bugradx2

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#6 posted 05-27-2020 04:40 PM

I honestly thought it would be faster to just swap the part out than sand it down. Not that I’m incapable of it, I just figured that loosening a couple of screws and putting the new plate on would be faster/cheaper thank the time I would spend fixing it.


Sounds like you need to remove the material displaced above the bed with sandpaper. The scratch below the bed is immaterial, or fill with epoxy.

- Jackryan


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#7 posted 05-27-2020 04:52 PM

I had to swap the bed on my Ridgid planer for the same reason as you. It was dinged up and had a gouge in the center that marred any wide material sent thru it. I had the same opinion as you that a new bed was pretty darn cheap…and shiny…so why not swap it out.

It had 4 allen keyed screws that were a nightmare to get off. They had a lot of blue lock tite on the threads when they finally came out. I used a tiny butane torch to heat the screw with a small piece of metal behind each one to protect anything behind it. Then hit it with some freeze spray. A few cycles of that and they came loose…well they made a horrible groaning sound and then came loose.

Lucky for me the allen keyed screws were the deep kind so my allen key sat squarely and snuggly in them. Otherwise I don’t know if they would have come off. My only other option would have been taking the head off so i could get down in there with a t-handle allen key and get more torque.

Im sure the manufacturer had a reason for the lock tite but i took the screws to a wire wheel and cleaned all that junk out before putting them back in.

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