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Forum topic by Joshua Oehler posted 06-29-2015 04:59 PM 1393 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joshua Oehler

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06-29-2015 04:59 PM

Okay, I am getting highly irritated with this planer. Don’t get me wrong it works great….when it runs! The stupid on board circuit breaker CONSTANTLY trips. I don’t take deep cuts, 1/64”-1/32” cuts. We are talking a 1/4 – 1/3 turn at a time. This stupid thing trips about every 3 or 4 boards. Safety police stop reading now…. Does anyone know if it is easy to just remove this damn thing? Has anyone else had this problem with theirs that may know a work around?

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"


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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 06-29-2015 05:23 PM

Have you checked the condition of your knives and the rollers, waxed the bed? Could be faulty electronics, or could be something as simple as need a good cleaning, maybe its working too hard to move the wood.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 06-29-2015 05:31 PM

Everything was just cleaned and waxed along with brand new blades installed this morning

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 05:33 PM

Also to note, I am not trying to cut anything extremely hard or anything. I am planning down SYP for god’s sake

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#4 posted 06-29-2015 05:44 PM

This video discusses the same problem, and in the end he gives up and gets a more robust planer:
https://youtu.be/uNcgyPH2VYc

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 06-29-2015 05:45 PM

Was it working fine before you swapped out the blades? If so, something most likely happened at that point to cause this.

Not sure how the blade change is on the Ridgid, I’ve only done it on my DeWalt, but could some wiring perhaps have gotten pinched? Or (not a joke) could the blades be installed backwards?

I’ve not worked with SYP, but the other pine I’ve worked with has made planing annoying. It left more residue on the rollers and table than other woods I’ve worked with, and required cleaning sooner. I’d plane for a while and then the wood would start getting stuck halfway through. Roller and table cleaning fixed it.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 06-29-2015 07:10 PM

I started out with a DW when it came damaged I sent it back (would have done so anyway it was so flimsy looking to me). Then I got a Ridgid and never even used it.

Like the guy ChuckV talks about, I saved up my pennies and went straight to a big planer.
Never regretted that decision.

Ultimately it depends on the kind of ww’ing you’re doing.
If you’re running heavy timbers through wider than 8” its asking alot for a lunchbox.

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#7 posted 06-30-2015 12:27 AM

Are you using an extension cord? Smaller diameter extension cords won’t handle the amps, get hot, and trip the breaker. Also hard on the motor. Is your breaker rated for the amp draw of your planer?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 06-30-2015 04:45 AM

Thanks Chuck, That is the same problem I am having. For those that may have not understood what my issue is I am not tripping my main circuit breaker in the garage. It is the on board circuit breaker that constantly trips.. I t is a well taken care of machine that is cleaned and tuned up often. the blades can not be installed backwards as they are double sided blades so you can get 2 uses out of 1 set just by flipping them. Also the way they set in the machine it is impossible to put them in upside down as well. This planer is plugged in to a dedicated plug on a dedicated circuit breaker in my garage and is not ran off of an extension cord. The video that Chuck posted is the issue I am having. My main mission is to find out if there is a way to by pass that onboard circuit breaker. I am past the point of an in store return and from everyone I know that has attempted it the LSA is a joke. It looks like the new planer is going to be the way to go. I am going to try to argue my way into a return anyways but if I can’t then it will be craigslisted shortly after. Seems how I am going to be spending a little over 3 grand for some home upgrades shortly I guess that can be my bargaining chip….exchange this planer or I will be taking my entire purchase to Lowes!

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#9 posted 06-30-2015 06:10 AM

You should at least try the LSA. I had my Ridgid planer replaced on the LSA recently, no hassle, although it did take a month or so before I got the new one. Seems like this is a problem that the LSA would certainly cover.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#10 posted 06-30-2015 06:47 AM

maybe I got lucky. My Rigid 4331 has worked flawlessly and surprisingly perfect to date.

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#11 posted 06-30-2015 01:16 PM

I had great experience with the LSA: took mine to the local “authorized Ridgid repair center” and the guy fixed it while I was there! I did have to pay him but cost seemed very reasonable to me. Your mileage may vary.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 06-30-2015 01:58 PM

Have you called Rigid Support about your problem?

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#13 posted 06-30-2015 03:21 PM

I had the ridgid planer. After getting mine repairs from running ~50 bd ft through it, I sold it and bought a DW 735. Not even comparable.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#14 posted 06-30-2015 04:36 PM

sorry for your trouble. I’ve used mine pretty extensively for 4-5 years and haven’t had the problem. I hope Ridgid can be helpful to you.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#15 posted 06-30-2015 05:03 PM

Can you see what the rating of the onboard circuit breaker is? Perhaps you can replace it with a similar unit with the same rating.

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