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    Problems with my planer

    Hey guys a got a DW735 planer and it has been acting up lately. When I put a piece of wood through it it goes really slow and leaves black tire marks on it and the last time I tried it just stopped completely and completely ruined the work.

    Has anybody else ever had this problem and if so do you know how to fix it? Thanks.

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    Last edited by Alan DuBoff; 02-27-2008 at 09:41 AM. Reason: It might be a sprocket problem

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    Allen

    Sharp blades is first step. Don't know how long or what sort of use you give it but anytime a machine slows down then one of the possibilities is that the cutter is having to do more work because of a dull edge.

    Next check is that the feed tables are clean and slippy. Use white spirit or some other solvent to make sure that any gum build up is cleaned off and then give the tables a good coat of wax to make sure that they are as low friction as poss.

    Check that you aren't taking too big a cut. The manufacturers of tools like this usually overstate their ability to cut by a factor of at least 2 or 3. If they say 1/4" max cut the truth is closer to 1/8" or 1/12" unless you are planing balsa wood. Sharp blades, slippy tables and patience are important for this type of machine.

    What sore of timber where you using when you had the problem?

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    Wax the bed...problem solved.
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    Planer

    I have this same porta-potty planer, ....

    This porta-potty only costs $500 ! And it received a rave review from a wood working site on the net. What am I missing?
    My planer is a Sears El-Cheapo ($250). I "paid" for it by recycling some old oak. I did a lot of resawing on the band saw and then cleaning it up on my planer.
    So my question is this, can you believe those reviews? Should I spent $500 on a DW? I don't do any commercial work, I just keep four grandchildren happy with doll cradles etc.

    DKT

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    Feed rollers not grabbing anymore? Try cleaning them and see. Mine get cleaned every six month anlong with tables getting cleaned and rewaxed.

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    Wax is a big factor on this portable units. Those motors scream, universal motors are just so ridiculously loud. I would check that you are getting good chip removal, make sure it is the only thing hooked up to chip collection. Take little bites on these. I usually take 1/32 and not any more than that. If I take more I get blowout. My Craftsman did the same thing, it was due to dead blades. If it sounds like its pounding the wood time for new ones.
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    I'm with Travis; the only time mine gives me this problem is when I have been casual about cleaning and waxing the beds. Clean rollers are a must as well. As far as being loud; of course they are and we all wear hearing protection when we run any of our machines, right? ;-) I don't get the reminder as often as I used to so I must be learning something; it takes far less time to maintain the tool than to re-make the piece. When things don't move easily . . clean and wax.
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    Last edited by Alan DuBoff; 02-27-2008 at 09:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    ...As far as being loud; of course they are and we all wear hearing protection when we run any of our machines, right? ;-) ...
    Absolutely! Nothing gets turned on until my ear defenders are on. Hearing damage is gradual and permanent. My plan is to come to the end of my working life not only capable of counting to 10 but also of being able to hear myself do it.

    Portable planers using universal motors are loud. Every brand I have ever heard is loud. Anybody who operates one without hearing protection is going to damage their hearing.

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