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    Hi Folks,
    Just to make sure I'm thinking the right way with the new Dewalt 13" Planer that Santa brought me. I'm wondering what the minimum legth board Is that I can run through it. I'm thinking that it has to be as long as the length between the 2 feed rollers. Otherwise, there is a chance that it will stop under the cutter, or worse yet, get pulled up by the cutter. Am I thinking the right way on this subject? Thanx for your help in advance....Bill

  • #2
    Re: Planer board length

    Actually, beings the tables are canted upward on the DeWalt to help avoid snipe, I think the minimum recommended length is 12", but may be 10 on the 13". I have the 12 1/2" (734) and it says 12. As I have just gotten mine, also, I haven't tried anything shorter than 3' so far. However, if you need to run a shorter piece, try running a scrap board in front and in back. That may help as long as the short board will span at least both rollers.

    Practicing at practical wood working


    • #3
      Re: Planer board length

      I wont try and plane a board that is not the length of the planer and one table. I can keep one hand on the board as it is entering and put my other hand on it exiting before taking the first had off. I just don't want it jamming or shooting out at me. LOL
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      • #4
        Re: Planer board length

        RTFM. I believe it is 12" for the DW-735
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