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Forum topic by Zestywalnut posted 10-04-2020 09:39 AM 674 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Zestywalnut

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10-04-2020 09:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt planer question help

Hello fellow wood lovers!

I purchased a Dewalt DW734 planer from Lowes yesterday and was very excited to use it. I’ve never owned a thickness planer, only used them a bunch at my old job. I’m currently working on a desk for my son and needed to mill down two 2×6’s to make them nice and flat.

Problem arose after my second pass and I started to smell this terrible burning rubber stench. Now I’m 99% sure I removed any packaging, but also never opened one new before. Made sure the table was waxed, had good suction in the shop vac to remove the wood dust, and only removed just under 1/16 each pass. The motor was also incredibly hot afterwards. Seems odd after only two passes, especially since one board is only 3ft long.

Did I buy a lemon or is my brain a lemon? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

-- Become one with the wood.


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AtlanticBryan

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#1 posted 10-04-2020 11:33 AM

I just purchased a 734 and have not had anything like this problem. I would contact Dewalt for advice. In the meantime I would take it out of service.

-- I'm not talking to myself ... I'm consulting an expert!

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 10-04-2020 12:06 PM

I’d take it back as defective and exchange it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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tvrgeek

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#3 posted 10-04-2020 12:23 PM

Belt slipping? Or Motor hot smell?

How much are you trying to take off in a pass? They only take off a hair at a time. Could you be over working it?

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Zestywalnut

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#4 posted 10-04-2020 04:16 PM



Belt slipping? Or Motor hot smell?

How much are you trying to take off in a pass? They only take off a hair at a time. Could you be over working it?

- tvrgeek

Just a burning rubber/plastic smell. I doubt I’m overworking it seeing as I’m only taking off at most 1/16 from a 2×6.

-- Become one with the wood.

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Zestywalnut

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#5 posted 10-04-2020 04:22 PM



I d take it back as defective and exchange it.

- Fred Hargis

I just might. Gonna try calling dewalt first as Bryan suggested. The lowes I was at had one more of this model so I better act first just in case.

-- Become one with the wood.

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pottz

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#6 posted 10-04-2020 04:26 PM


I d take it back as defective and exchange it.

- Fred Hargis

I just might. Gonna try calling dewalt first as Bryan suggested. The lowes I was at had one more of this model so I better act first just in case.

- Zestywalnut


i wouldn’t bother calling dewalt just return and get another one,lowes is very good on returns.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Walker

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#7 posted 10-04-2020 06:12 PM

not that this would smell like rubber, but did you get the piece of cardboard out of the dusthood? I thought for a year or two that the dust collection on my 734 sucked, until I found a piece of packaging wedged in the dust hood. It might have been around the blades originally.

-- ~Walker

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Zestywalnut

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#8 posted 10-04-2020 09:07 PM



not that this would smell like rubber, but did you get the piece of cardboard out of the dusthood? I thought for a year or two that the dust collection on my 734 sucked, until I found a piece of packaging wedged in the dust hood. It might have been around the blades originally.

- Walker

Yes, thankfully I noticed that before attaching it! Dust collection would have been quite a challenge with it in there, not surprised you had trouble.

-- Become one with the wood.

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Zestywalnut

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#9 posted 10-04-2020 09:10 PM


I d take it back as defective and exchange it.

- Fred Hargis

I just might. Gonna try calling dewalt first as Bryan suggested. The lowes I was at had one more of this model so I better act first just in case.

- Zestywalnut

i wouldn t bother calling dewalt just return and get another one,lowes is very good on returns.

- pottz

True enough. Dewalt phone lines aren’t open on weekends anyway. Won’t be able to get back to Lowes until tomorrow either way. I’ll let y’all know how it goes.

-- Become one with the wood.

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Bstrom

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#10 posted 10-04-2020 09:11 PM



I d take it back as defective and exchange it.

- Fred Hargis


Yes. Immediately for store exchange. No need to understand the problem. Just get another one before you have to deal with the manufacturer. I have one and it’s been great so you want the same exact experience – with no rubber smell.

-- Bstrom

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Scap

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#11 posted 10-04-2020 10:14 PM

If this is like the 735’s, the built in fan moves more air than a shop vac. Not sure that would make the 734 smell, but it might be a restriction in the system.

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Zestywalnut

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#12 posted 10-04-2020 10:24 PM

I even made sure it wasn’t a power issue by making sure the planer was the only thing running on the circuit.

I’m out of ideas, back to the store it goes!

Thanks for the help and encouragement guys! I’ll post finished pics under projects when I’m done with my son’s desk.

-- Become one with the wood.

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AlaskaGuy

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#13 posted 10-04-2020 10:30 PM

You should have been to Lowe’s and back with and new planer by now!

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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pottz

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#14 posted 10-05-2020 12:26 AM



You should have been to Lowe s and back with and new planer by now!

- AlaskaGuy


i know, forget trying to figure it out and just exchange it.done.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Zestywalnut

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#15 posted 10-05-2020 03:50 AM

Hahaha. I am, I am! It’s already packed up and ready to go! I’ll throw it back at them first thing in the morning!

-- Become one with the wood.

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