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post #1 of 6 Old 12-23-2018, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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'lunchbox planer' Dewalt DW734...

Do all small planers like mine have a 'lock down' bar to secure the head whilst planing?

It seems to me to be an afterthought. Rather like having to get out and hand crank the car before 'starting' it. It just ain't convenient, jannow?

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Welcome to the forum, Jim! When you get a minute complete your profile with location so it shows in the side panel.

I had a DeWalt 733 for 20 years and probably only locked it a couple of dozen times over the years. It seemed to work just fine without locking it down but it didn't seem like an afterthought to me. We upgraded to the 735 a year ago and it has an automatic lock, so I guess they made some changes.



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I have a 12 year old craftsman planer that I wish had a lock. It does creep upward sometimes while planing. Have to keep an eye on it most of the time. I know, time for a new planer.
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Thanking you kindly for the replies Gemmuns. I'll try without the lockdown.

I'm off to fill in the particulars on myveryownself as directed.

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My DW734 has a lock. I set it every time I change the height.
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I had a DW-733 for too many more years than I can remember. I ALWAYS used the lock down. I don't understand why you would even think about not using the lock down. The machine was designed to use the lock down. Using the machine in any other way is a guarantee for unhappiness with machine performance.
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