Question about Dewalt Tools & Hardware - Others

1 Answer

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.

Posted by on

  • 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.


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 2,100 Answers

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.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010

  • Ned  White
    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.


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Any ideas why the raised line appears to and how to prevent it from happening at all?

You have a chip in your blades. This is most often caused by a nail, screw or small stone imbedded in the wood. The only remedy is to have the blades sharpened.
Snipe is a depression cut on the end of the wood as it passes the blade. This is caused by the incorrect height of the blades in relation to the table. You will find many videos in You Tube on how to set up your planer.

Jun 08, 2017 | Crafts & Hobbies

2 Answers

Why does it snipe?

Contact the place where you bought it and ask them, or ask the manufacturer.

Aug 19, 2014 | Craftsman 1212 in Thickness Planer

1 Answer

One end of board is thinner than the other end when plained board is done

This is after running it over a jointer? That's not uncommon. Flip the board after every pass to help keep it from happening.

If this is after running it through a thickness planer, are you sure you're not just seeing snipe? If it's not snipe, then the planer's elevation adjustment is somehow slipping or working its way into another position as you plane.

It'd help if we knew which machine you're talking about.

If you're hand-planing, then you'll need to work a bit on technique... practice on cheap softwoods.

Jan 03, 2014 | Crafts & Hobbies

1 Answer


You get sniping with all planers and it will always be the length from the cutter head to the second feed roller. Until the board goes under the second roller it is almost impossible to feed it through and not get some sniping. The same applies to the outfeed side also. Better made (more expensive) planers, table extensions and holding up on the end of the board until the other end is under the second feed roller will reduce sniping somewhat but you'll always have some sniping.

Mar 03, 2013 | Delta TP305 12 - 1/2" Portable Planer

1 Answer

Severe sniping with planer

You will always have snipe at the end of planed boards equal to the distance from your infeed and outfeed rollers. It's severity is determined by how much the board sags or dropps behind the planer until the second roller catches the board. Some planers have extended tables to help with this. What you can do is hold the board up as much as possible and still let the infeed roller move the board smoothly until the board contacts the outfeed roller.

Jan 30, 2013 | Craftsman 12 amp 12-1/2" Bench Planer...

1 Answer

When I feed the board in it stops then starts again. ever four inches. Leave a little snip in board. I've replaced the belt an the chains on the in feed and out feed still have this problem.

Couple of things to check:
1. Are your knives sharp? Dull knives will cut not fast enough to keep up with the rollers.
2. What is the depth of cut? Dewalt's planers cannot plane a board to excessive depths.
3. Are you rollers clean? Dirt, pitch or possibly grease could affect your feed rate.
4. The belt/chain for your rollers engaged or are they slipping? Open up the planer and check for wear or possibly broken belt/chain.
Snipe is usally caused by improper support while exiting the planer. Use outfeed rollers set to the correct height. Also chek that you outfeed bed is aligned with the bed of the planer.
Hope that helps,

Dec 20, 2010 | Dewalt Tools & Hardware - Others

1 Answer

Planed board has a lower step than the rest of the board after passing thru planer , not equal amount planed off.

I think you are talking about what is commonly called "snipe". This is an inherent problem with all planers, but especially with heavier cuts. You can take lighter cuts, or you can start with a board longer than your intended finish length. You can also put the board you are planing on top of a longer board, then feeding them through together.

Sep 02, 2010 | Ryobi Thickness Planer Blades

4 Answers

Planer is not feeding wood through without manual force

I had the same problem...sometimes you have to take the smallest amount off (1/64th) and it might work, otherwise your blades are probably dull. Try to feed the boards through the planer towards the sides, not just the center so they wear evenly across the length of the blades. They wear out very quickly, which makes this planer very frustrating. If you take the top cover off and inspect them, you'll probably see nicks in them and it's time to replace or rotate them. Each blade has two sides you can remove all the screws using the T-handle wrench from the top cover and flip them. Also, as the blades begin to wear, the planer will become louder and louder. That's another way to tell. When you install new blades notice how much quieter it is when you plane boards.

Nov 13, 2008 | Dewalt DW735R Reconditioned Heavy Duty 13"...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Tools & Hardware - Others Logo

Related Topics:

128 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dewalt Tools & Hardware - Others Experts

John Trevino

Level 3 Expert

1383 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

john h

Level 3 Expert

12104 Answers

Are you a Dewalt Tool and Hardware - Other Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides