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    Dewalt lunch box planner

    I have this portable planer and use it in my shop. I put a board through that was to short; and man it didn't like it much!

    Little snipe coming out of that side on the back end of the board I'm thinking I should remove and reset the blades?

    Thanks for any advice.

    Brian

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    Which planer? When you say that it didn't like it much, what happened?

    If you have the 735, I doubt that removing and re-installing the blades will solve anything. Between the locator pins and the bolts, it's not likely that the blades moved at all. It can't hurt, though.
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    There are a couple of ways to help your problem.
    Because of the distance between the rollers and blades, the 734 creates about 2" of snipe and the 735 has 3".
    You can build a sled or fasten sacrificial boards to the front and back to eliminate snipe completely.
    You could also just use longer boards, factoring in the snipe waste and cut it off.
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    Adjust the in/out feed tables per manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Schoenthal View Post
    There are a couple of ways to help your problem.
    Because of the distance between the rollers and blades, the 734 creates about 2" of snipe and the 735 has 3".
    You can build a sled or fasten sacrificial boards to the front and back to eliminate snipe completely.
    You could also just use longer boards, factoring in the snipe waste and cut it off.
    Chris:

    It is a 735. It was set up fine with no snipe, I had adjusted the infeed outfeed tables accordingly. This piece was too short and the planer threw it on a line about 13 ft towards one wall of the shop. I saw it coming and got out of the way! No snipe on the planer for the right 2/3's of the unit. It I put a board through the left side there is snipe on the 1/4-1/3 side of the board towards the left side of the board. I agree the locating pins and clamping via bar that secures the cutter head should not have let the cutter head move, but with snipe like this... Could the unit throwing the piece out have move the infeed table that much?

    Thanks.

    Brian735 planer.jpg

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    Given what happened, there were obviously some unconstrained and out of design forces on your machine. I'd check the blades and table adjustment for sure, but I'd also give the machine a thorough exam generally. That board bNged around hard in your planer before it was spit out.

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    That redefines snipe.
    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Demuth View Post
    Given what happened, there were obviously some unconstrained and out of design forces on your machine. I'd check the blades and table adjustment for sure, but I'd also give the machine a thorough exam generally. That board bNged around hard in your planer before it was spit out.

    Trying to be lazy, but I should reset and check everything in the process. Thanks for being the voice of reason.

    Brian

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    This may sound harsh, I don't think it was a good idea put that size piece through a planer in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Sabo View Post
    This may sound harsh, I don't think it was a good idea put that size piece through a planer in the first place.
    I think the OP figured that out.

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    I have the DW735 and have 0 snipe on either end. To the OP, does the cutter head assembly raise and lower as easily as before? If not, maybe it was knocked out of alignment on one side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Daily View Post
    I have the DW735 and have 0 snipe on either end. To the OP, does the cutter head assembly raise and lower as easily as before? If not, maybe it was knocked out of alignment on one side.
    I just got the 735 and mine has no snipe either. Makes my Jet 3 hp planer look bad!

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    Looking at the board, I'd have to agree. Those are some pretty nasty gouges. Something had to have been stressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Hofmann View Post
    I just got the 735 and mine has no snipe either. Makes my Jet 3 hp planer look bad!
    Makes me curious to know why some 735 owners have snipe and some don’t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Daily View Post
    Makes me curious to know why some 735 owners have snipe and some don’t.
    Snipe on the 735 is almost always traceable to one of two things, in my experience:

    1. Not having adequate support to prevent board movement. This includes having the tables adjusted properly for short stock, and extended support for longer.

    2. Backlash in the nuts on the posts that position the head. If there is any backlash there, the head can rock. You'll get leading edge snip if the back of the head settles on the posts, then rises when the leading edge of the board hits the back feed roller and pushes it up. You get trailing edge snipe if the front of the head falls after the board leaves the front feed roller.

    If you have snipe, you can verify that it's #2 by wedging the head up tight against the backlash with plywood wedges along the edge of the table next to the posts.

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