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Equipment SAFETY tips: The Planer

by MsDebbieP
posted 1224 days ago

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#1 posted 1224 days ago

one vote here for ear protection.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 1224 days ago

Pinch Points

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#3 posted 1224 days ago

Two goods ones above. Add remove jewelry, secure loose clothing and long hair.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 1223 days ago

What does “pinch points” refer to?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 1223 days ago

I am guessing pinch points would refer to how it is possible to get you fingers trapped between the board and the table and/or sides of the planer as the board is being feed by the power rollers. (Wow that was one long sentence!)

I would have to also add kick back even though it is unlikely due to the safety features on most planers.

-- James -

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#6 posted 1223 days ago

Stand to one side of the planer during operation in case a piece shatters and the planer ejects the broken pieces.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 1223 days ago

use pushsticks and fetherboard

take care

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#8 posted 1223 days ago

Safety glasses!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 1223 days ago

If its not a floor model make sure it is secured to bench or other. Keep outfeed path clear. Oh and do not stick body parts in the machine.

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#10 posted 1223 days ago

Don’t forget the ear & eye protection & push sticks to preserve the fingers

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 1223 days ago

Keep the floor and surrounding area not cluttered. Unlike most other shop equipment you must walk from the front to the back while it’s running. If you trip or stumble bad things could happen.

-- Joe

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#12 posted 1223 days ago

out feed boards droop
and can catch on the edge of tools or workbenches
making the planer walk up the board
and fall over backwards

or bow the board so bad it breaks
and sends splinters flying

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 1222 days ago

take very light passes. takes a bit longer, but, much safer and easier on your knives

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 1182 days ago

NO loose clothing (could even be a shop apron or dangling tie cords, etc.) and NO gloves or the like to get caught on and/or pulled into the auto-feed pinch points that bubinga refers to.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#15 posted 1182 days ago

A pinch point could also be a board coming out of a planer ,and pinching your body, or a body part,against another object ,that you did not realize was close enough for that to happen, or is not usually there.
Feeding a shorter board ,when the planer grabs it , can pinch your hand,or fingers between the board ,and table.Potential Pinch points are every where in the shop.
Any where, any thing that can get pinched
Don’t slam your foot in the door on the way out

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#16 posted 725 days ago

Yikes! Check out little Frank wearing the loose coat. I don’t think that saying, “Stay away from the pulley” is quite enough to be safe.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#17 posted 725 days ago

damm that looked scary close to the flywheel

even learning a child to start mashinery´s is not a save thing to do
and here they are crazy enoff to let them climp around on it
its only a matter of time before an accident happens in that shop …sadly

take care

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#18 posted 723 days ago

I had read or seen somewhere about a “sled” to run short pieces through a planer. I have several pecan boards to plane, maximum is about 4 feet. Any tips that follow the theme here?

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#19 posted 723 days ago

To me, the jointer is the most dangerous of tools. Maybe it’s because it is not used as much as other tools, like saws. A table saw can cut your finger off cleanly, but a jointer can grab your digits and pull them further in. Think of a jointer as a circular saw with a blade 6” (or 8”) wide. I exercise special caution around a jointer.

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#20 posted 723 days ago

I looked at little Frank near that big jointer and was horrified. When my kids were that age, I did everying in my power to protect them. Some 30 years later, they still have all their fingers and have developed a respect around machinery of any kind. My way was to teach them to respect machines and firearms. I never had to worry that they would get into my machines or firearms. I know they are smart enough to recognize danger and how to avoid it. When you hear gunshots, the stupid person will go towards it out of curosity; the smart one will go in the opposite direction. (Some police will do the same thing, but that’s for a different discussion)

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