I have a new dewalt 13" planer and I am having hard time getting it to feed
reliably. The wood is pine which has been air dried for 2 years. The rubber
feed rollers are getting covered with sawdust/chips and will not feed the
board properly. Every 2 or 3 boards I have to wipe the rollers down with
paint thinner to remove the dust which must have some pitch in it. Is this
normal? How do sawmills feed green wood into their planers? Also the boards
are getting small (<1/4" diameter) scooped out gouges in them. What is
causing this? Thanks for any help.
The planer has a 4" exit chute and blows a very large amount of air from it.
The factory DC adapter reduces it to 3" and the I have it going back through
10' of 4" flexible hose into a barrel for collection. The top of the barrel
is covered with a fine mesh bag. Actually the hose and mesh bag with
drawstring is from my leaf blower/vacuum mulcher. I guess I must be
restricting the air flow to the point that all dust chips are not being
totally exhausted. The planer came with a chip chute adapter to aim the
chips into a garbage can but they end up everywhere. Short of a DC system
how can I control the chips going into a can without them going everywhere.
That is the idea of the mesh cover that fits over the barrel, it is
supposed to let the air pass through it and keep the dust in the barrel, but
it must not be letting enough air through. Yes it is the most expensive
dewalt, up here in Canada it was on sale for $635.00.
The planer is designed to be used with some form of dust collection. It
has a 4" port for attachment to a dust collector. The adapter actually
reduces the 4" to 2.25" for use with a shop vac. By attaching a 4" hose
and simply running it into a barrel you are restricting any fir flow
produced by the planer itself. If you don't have any means of duct
collection you would be better off removing the 4" hose and let the
planer try blow the chip without restriction. This is best done
outdoors unless your neighbors are armed.
It *sounds* like you have the DeWalt DW735 planer? Is that correct?
If so, I've had mine (my DW735) hooked up to a 1HP DC (about 500CFM) and a
1 1/2HP DC (about 900CFM). Both DCs were able to clear the chips.
Yes it is the 735. Today I tried using about 2.5' of rigid 4" duct work with
a 90 on either end into a 55 gallon barrel with a mesh bag over the top.
Same problem, after 5 or 6 boards the rollers get coated with dust/chips and
the board will not feed, it gets so bad that i have to grab the unit and
push very hard with my waist on the board to get it through. Then I raise
the cutter head, wipe the rollers clean with kerosene on a rag and
everything works perfect for a few more boards. I plan on doing my cabinets
in kiln dried maple, I hope it works better on that. It must be the pine
pitch, the odd board actually has a bit of sticky sap on the ends.
I have the same problem with my Dealt 12.5" too. Everyone mention you needed
dust collection (and that maybe so) but did you noticed the first few boards
cuts perfectly out of the box without dust collection? The reason is
DeWalt's knives doesn't stay sharp, even for soft wood for too long, and
when you're produce more dust than chips which results in more stress on the
planer, one of the gears will fail - know problem reported on the 13"
planer. Cheap knives and you need to keep it sharp, otherwise its a pretty
good planer from what I understand.
Two things I could think of for the gouges: If the gouges are continuous,
check the knives for nicks. If the gouges appear at the beginning or at the
end of the board, you have snipe. You need to lock the head down and perhaps
lift the board a little at the end to prevent snipe. You could plan boards
way less than <1/4", just use a dummy board below it.
I had that gear break also, Dewalt gave me another, after a little use it
broke also, after waithing to get the gear, I forgot how the chain was
supposed to go, so left the cover off to see if the chain was tracking
As it was running I noticed that it wobbled, called the Dewalt service
center, explained what was going on as i have now had it over a year.
they told me it was probably a bent drive roller, took it in an dropped it
off and the repaired at no cost,
They told me that they had a problem with the feed rollers in more that one
model, the feed rollers are all the same
Take the little plastc cover off on the side it covers the gear & chain
system and turn the unit on if there is a wobble you will have to problem
By the way this sucker does blow chips into the next city,
I hooked up a hose and put in a board clamped down to a barrel
I don't have any problems not using a DC
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