I did some experimenting this morning with the planer. I selected piece of ash that was just under an inch thick, 34" long, and 5.5" wide. I planed it down to .750" by making several light passes. I let the board go through the planer each time without attempting to support it in anyway. I did this to watch for snipe and there was ablsolutely none. I have not, at least so far, ever needed to plane boards longer than this test board. A wider board of this same length and thickness certainly would be heavier and would probably need some support. It may be that when one needs to plane a wide, long and heavy workpiece that in such a case the piece should be cut long just in case you get some snipe and do not want to fiddle with planeing the snipe put and reduceing the thickness of the workpiece. Just some learning on my part, but might be something for others t consider as they too deal with the issue of snipe prevention,
By the way have you looked at the photo that I added this mrning to the thread on the DC hose issue for 735. In my shop it was so simple but probably won't work for most folks.
Last edited by Jerry Bowen; 07-01-2013 at 10:00 AM.