Ridgid 13" Planer does not feed well

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Forum topic by Jim Jakosh posted 12-07-2009 08:23 PM 6809 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Jakosh

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12-07-2009 08:23 PM

I bought a Ridgid 13” planer because I saw a sign maker at a show using one and he did not get any snipe at all on it. I had a Delta benchtop planer that sniped every board. I got this new planer and it ran without much if any snipe and that was a good thing. But then after a month, it stared to stop feeding a board halfway through and I had to pull and push boards through it. They are guaranteed for life, so I took it to the Service Center and they put new feed rollers in it and new plattens. It worked well for a while than began skipping again. I wash off the rubber feed rollers with solvent to make sure they are clean but it still stops too often for my liking.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Do you have a solution short of replacing it?

Thanks, Jim

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 08:29 PM

I have the same planer. Whenever I have a problem with feed through, invariably it means that I need to wax the infeed and outfeed tables (and the main table as well). I have minimized snipe by angling the board if possible and lifting it slightly as it comes out of the planer. Check out this website for more good info on Ridgid planers:
Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 08:32 PM

I have an older version of this planer…but with any smaller lunch box style planer you have to make sure of two things..#1 that the machine is not getting gummed up on the feed rollers AND the tables. Many people neglect to keep the in feed and out feed tables clean and waxed. If you are working in sappy woods like cedar or pine then this problem can be worse. I wipe the rollers down with mineral spirits and the tables every once and a while and then give the tables a good coating of dry spray lube. #2….you have to take real small bites…never more than a 1/16”..usually I take less than that. I go in quarter turns, and less if I am trying to avoid tear out. I have been using this planer for over a year and never have had a board stick when feeding. I never have a snipe problem either…if you are having one check the in feed and out feed tables to make sure they are flat…..on my planer they are actually tilted up ever so slightly. The only time I ever see any snipe is if I take too big of a cut.


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#3 posted 12-07-2009 08:49 PM


someone had posted the very same post in reference to the very same planer a week ago.

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#4 posted 12-08-2009 05:04 PM

As PurpLev said, I had the same problem about a week ago. I can tell you with authority that waxing the beds makes a HUGE difference. I put on a coat, let it dry then buffed it. I followed it up with a second coat and buffing. Now I can put a workpiece on one side of the planer and with a slight push it will slide off the other side. I also used rubbing alcohol on the feed rollers and made sure there wasn’t anything obstructing them. Basically, a thorough waxing and cleaning completely eliminated the problem for me. I’ve ran quite a few boards through since then (both rock maple and soft pine) up to 6/4 without any trouble.

Hope that helps.

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#5 posted 12-08-2009 05:24 PM

I have the Rigid 1300 planer and have literary run miles of wood through it. The only time I have wood hang up is either to deep a cut or (and this is the most common)to lite a cut. I do check fro level and keep everything waxed. Also frequent use of the air hose.The dust collection system is quite good, but still not %100.Of course the weight and length of whats being planed can also be a factor. Run a length of say 10ft of Oak and you will probably see snipe.

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#6 posted 12-12-2009 05:56 AM

I have a Rigid 13 inch planer and i have run hundreds of feet through it. The only problem i have is when i try to take too big a bite. i try only to take betwee 1/32 to 1/16 inch at a pass. slow but few problems

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