DeWalt DW734 Planer Srews and Lever Lock

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Forum topic by TwoThumbBruce posted 03-19-2021 07:14 PM 340 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2021 07:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt 734 planer lever lock dewalt planer loctite question

I have a DeWalt DW734 Planer and attempted to replace the cutter blades. It’s been one thing after another with waiting for parts in the meantime…

While removing blades, I also removed the lever lock and spring that’s on the right side as you view from the rear. Re-installation is hard and fifteen seconds into operating – bang! and lever comes flying out. (Someone should tell others not to stand in back!) The screw that held the lever was never found and was pulled from the hole. The lever had deep gouging and was bent.

Apparently, I didni’t tighten the screws enough, the screw came out, the screw head was quickly ground/sheared off, and the screw pulled out. The spring, which is held in place by another screw, is intact.

Others have had screw problems – mostly due to soft metal, such as stripping of the Allen head and shearing off of the head, so I’ve got to be careful about overtightening. Considering using using Loctite (red or blue) but wondering if this will cause more problems. This lever, apparently, does not normally have to be removed, so I might have avoided all these problems if I had not removed the lever in the first place.

Anyone have experience with this lever?

-- Bruce, Florida

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#1 posted 04-05-2021 05:32 PM

I have a DW733—I think your planer is very similar. I don’t recall having to remove that thin metal lever to replace the knives. I just depress the lever to unlock the cutter head so I can manually rotate it to get to the other knife. Perhaps you turned on the planer without replacing the tool tray? I believe the tool tray holds the lever away from the cutter head for normal operation.

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#2 posted 04-16-2021 11:27 PM

Bill, Thanks so much for your response. I read it before but was waiting for new parts … and waiting…

However, I j ust noticed something you said that I missed before… the tool tray. I did not have it in place. I’m going to see what effect having the tool try in place has.

I still am confused about how tight to make the screws, and this is partly (mostly?) because of the flying levers. If loose, the screw comes loose and the lever goes flying… if too tight, the lever can’t move. This was all before I noticed your “tool tray” comment.

It seems to me that I could use LockTite and just make it snug. I can’t think of any othe way. Ideas, anyone?

PS – for any new readers…. It’s not necessary to remove the Lock Lever or the spring when replacing knives. I was just stupid.

-- Bruce, Florida

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#3 posted 04-16-2021 11:43 PM

Thanks, will make note if this. Just bought one and haven’t even used it yet.

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