Snipe prevention?

Newbie question: I have a DeWalt thickness planer, and learned the hard way that I need to plan for 3" scrap on either end of the board I'm planing, because of the snipe problem. Is there any way to eliminate snipe, or should I just continue planning for 3" scrap on both ends?
Thanks, Steve
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some more adjustment. Read the manual some more.
Another thing that might help. As soon as th feed roller grabs the board, keep some upward pressure on the lumber, forcing it down onto the bed. As it is coming out, as the end is about to leave the feed roller, once again, keep some upward pressure on the lumber. It will help. -- Jim in NC
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wrote:

Have you checked your manual?
The 733 is capable of nearly immeasurable snipe. Open the manual, adjust the tables, and happy woodworking!
Barry
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I got tired of trying to "micro-adjust" my DW - so I purchased a piece of 3/4" ply - covered the damn thing with formica and laid it all the way through the planer overlapping the in-feed and out-feed by 2'. Sure - I gave up 1-1/2" of planing area - but hell - it never gave me another ounce of problem after that! (Be sure to put stop blocks on the ends so it won't travel with your piece being planed.) I used formica because it was easy to keep clean and I kept it waxed to reduce and any all friction. The board was 12" wide, BTW.
Jim Mc Namara

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it's funny you say that, because i did the same thing - even supported the piece with aluminum channel on both sides to ensure it stays straight. but i still get snipe! it's very flat and stable... yet i find myself having to chop 3" off each end for every board i plane.
jim, rhetorical question perhaps, but i'm curious as to why yours worked so well and mine doesn't.
--- dz
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Is the planing head locking properly? Or is its just the lock handle and the head still slips.
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Are you using the cutterhead lock?
Barry
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: I got tired of trying to "micro-adjust" my DW - so I purchased a piece of : 3/4" ply - covered the damn thing with formica and laid it all the way : through the planer overlapping the in-feed and out-feed by 2'. Sure - I : gave up 1-1/2" of planing area - but hell - it never gave me another ounce : of problem after that! (Be sure to put stop blocks on the ends so it won't : travel with your piece being planed.) I used formica because it was easy to : keep clean and I kept it waxed to reduce and any all friction. The board was : 12" wide, BTW. : : Jim Mc Namara : : : : Good idea Jim, I think I will do the same. Send the idea into one of the magazines, maybe you will win one of those contests.
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LOL! Be sure (since David and I have been privately e-mailing about this situation) that you leave the in-feed and out-feed tables in place. It requires the additional support but takes care of the rest. I was totally snipeless after I rigged the whole thing up.
You can send in the idea, Bob. Just send me the winnings! LOL!
Jim

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Bob Gramza wrote:

These ideas were all covered in a recent magazine tips and tricks section the only one I remember that hasen't been posted is send the piece through at an angle.
joe
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