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Forum topic by gregscrafts posted 03-28-2016 10:04 AM 505 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gregscrafts

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03-28-2016 10:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer

My Ridgid planer isn’t level from side to side. Does any one have any ideas on how I can fix this problem? I know that I can send it in to warranty and have them fix it. But I really don’t want to go 6 weeks without having a planer.

-- Greg, Breckenridge MN 56520


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#1 posted 03-28-2016 11:32 AM

Assuming your blades are set correctly, can you make an adjustment in one the screws to bring it back to level?

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 12:54 PM

Have you tried looking it up on youtube? If your lucky, someone else will have a video on youtube on how to adjust it.

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#3 posted 03-29-2016 04:15 AM

It should be in the instruction manual. Either the blades aren’t set evenly or you need to disengage the chain or belt that connects the two height-raising screws and rotate one of the nuts until the cutters are level.

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 11:50 AM

JAAune has the golden ticket, I did the same to mine not to long ago and it works fine now. The thing that kinda sucks is there is no way of knowing when it is dead nuts or not. Just adjust and give it the eyeball test, snug it up, run a wide test board and caliper it. I think it took me 3 rounds to hit .003 and I called it good enough. Anyhow good luck. If you get stuck feel free to message I have the TP1300

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 01:20 PM

The correct term is parallel

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#6 posted 03-29-2016 04:32 PM

If after taking other folks’ advice and you’re still unable to get it parallel, then you can go the route of using a rather simple jig that will forever slightly complicate your use of the planer, but still make it run perfectly. A plan B, if you will.
You can cut a long stripe of MDF, melamine board, etc that is the width of your planer and length of the maximum length of the piece to be planed. Run the jig through your planer. Any inconsistencies are translated to the upper face of the jig. Now the upper face of the jig is your infeed/outfeed support for the lower face of your piece to be planed. You will need to accommodate the proper safety pieces such as a stop behind your piece to prevent slipping/kickback.

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#7 posted 03-29-2016 08:20 PM

Now that is thinking outside the box. Is it safe to run mdf through the planer? If it is I’ll have to remember this trick .

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#8 posted 03-31-2016 02:24 AM

Thank you for all your help. I want to say thank you to JAAune for explaining how to do it by taking the chain off and turn the height-adjusting screw.. It took awhile but I got it withing a 1/64” on a 12” board, so I said close enough.

-- Greg, Breckenridge MN 56520

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#9 posted 03-31-2016 03:06 AM

Glad to hear it worked out.

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