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Forum topic by BoomWood posted 11-11-2015 11:08 PM 717 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2015 11:08 PM

I’m still learning and figuring out how to use my planer…
Lately when Im running wood through the planer it kind of does a “stop” and “go” motion repetitively. It’s also ruined a few pieces leaving these wavy marks.
Is this a sign I need to replace the blade? Or something worse?
It’s a ridgid 13”


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#1 posted 11-11-2015 11:12 PM

Clean and wax your table.

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 11:14 PM

I had the same issue which cleaning the rollers and waxing the table didn’t help. I replaced the blades and the problem went away. Good dust collection is also very important with a planer as it won’t work right without it.

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 02:17 AM

Ok, planning to get new blades this weekend. While it’s apart I’ll also give it a good cleaning. What kind of wax should I get? Biggest problem is I have NO dust collection but it’s on my christmas list :)

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 11:19 PM

Without dust collection make sure you frequently vacuum and clean the planer. Any furniture paste wax works fine. Minwax and Johnson’s are both available at many conventional retail stores like Lowes and Menards.

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 11:22 PM

Good dust collection is also very important with a planer as it won t work right without it.

You shouldn’t really make blanket statements like that, as not all planers require dust collection to function. Waxing the bed (or oiling the bed rollers if it has them) fixes the problem described most of the time. If not, then you need to look at other areas, such as feed rollers, blades, drive system, etc…


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#6 posted 11-11-2015 11:44 PM

Boom when I had the TP1300 the blades were 2 sided disposables, and there was an extra set clipped under the bottom of the outfeed table. You may already know that but before the new ones are bought I thought I’d share since I did figure it out after I bought a set.

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