Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
I bought my 733 before I retired. (Before May 2003) I was stupid and threw out my first set of blades when they became dull. I have sharpened the second set twice now.
I don't know how many thousand feet I've run through the planer and it still screams along. (It is noisy.)
There are a few of tricks to all of these lunch box planers.
1 ~ When ever possible, feed the wood on a diagonal. Just feed the wood at an angle to use the entire blade for the operation.
2 ~ Try not to do a depth of cut more than 1/64" at a time.
3 ~ DO NOT attempt to plane off dried glue squeeze out. You will only knick the blades.
The logic behind this is to use the entire blade for the cut and to keep the blades cool. The part of the blade not cutting is spinning in the air and cooling itself. A DeWalt engineer told me that heat is the major enemy of planer blades. He was astounded that I could run as much wood as I do through the planer and not have to change blades every few months. I usually go several years between sharpening or blade changes.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.