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DeWalt 734 planer. After planing many board feet of dense bubinga, I noticed the machine leaving a lot of snipe on the left side. As time progressed, the planer began to stutter as lumber was being fed. My intuition told me that the rollers were out of sync. After opening it up, I discovered that the outfeed roller was too high on the left side. My question is: How do I level out the outfeed roller? I can't readily locate any screws or fittings that would allow me to do this.

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  • kbiro778 Oct 17, 2010

    After speaking to a service tech in my home town, I discovered that the roller bushings are designed to wear out rather than stress the motor. He proposed that the bushings may have gone out of round. Solution: Replace them at about 6 bucks each. This beats waiting two weeks for service. And alot less expensive.



    Your response to me the other day may be correct, as I haven't had a chance to get at the rollers themselves, but I'm wondering why you didn't suggest the roller bushings?



    Yours professionally, Andy.

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You are going to have to pull the side cover off this thing to get to the roller. I think it is spring loaded and stuck. Could be a chunk of wood up in there. Bubinga isn't exactly spruce. The stuff is like a rock. Does it only snipe as it exits the planer? Or the whole way? I'm surprised the front roller doesn't hold. Take off the one side that is stuck, look for a big sliver or chunk wedged up in there and spray some wd 40on it to try and loosen up the spring tension. If not, just look to see what kind of adj if any is there. The planers come apart fairly easy and are easily maintained. Check it out, hope this helps.

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    Ned White Oct 17, 2010

    I didn't even think of that, I figured being run by a chain, that they would be a little tougher than that. I never had a problem with the rollers, I figured they might be stuck in the up position, If they were worn, I would expect them to to be out of round or show something other than a snipe on one side. That's all.

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