2030N planer feed problem

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08-08-2016 03:08 AM

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When I feed stock into the planer, it catches on the pressure plate; has done so for some time, but it’s getting to be a serious problem. I can usually nudge it forward, if the stock is fairly narrow, & being fed on one side or the other of the bed, but in the center it stops cold. The pressure plate has developed a noticeable bow to the toward the rear. The rollers, often mentioned by other woodworkers as the culprits in planer feed issues, look to be in good shape. I appreciate any suggestions! Fitzg

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 03:28 AM

I had a similar problem on the 2030 I rebuilt after I put it all back together. Solution was simple, just bend the thing (forward or backwards, don’t remember which way) a bit so it had enough clearance. YMMV.


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#2 posted 08-08-2016 04:56 AM

Wax the feed trays.


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#3 posted 08-08-2016 12:26 PM


I have a Woodmaster planer. Sometime ago I encountered the stalling problem. Waxing the bed and replacing the rubber feed rollers had no effect. My problem turned out to be improper feed roller tension (just a little out of adjustment). Evidently vibration eventually threw the tension out of adjustment. Once the tension was reset per factory specs, the stalling ended.

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 05:28 PM

Fitz post your results here please. I have a standard 2030 and it has the same problem but VERY RARELY. It doesn’t bother me but if it’s going to get worse than I should definitely look into this more.

JBrow, I can’t speak for the 2030N but the 2030 doesn’t have a tension setting. If I remember correctly it just has springs and a slot they get pushed down into.

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 07:33 PM

The above is correct ^^^

The 2030 does not have any feed roller adjustments, and AFAIK, the 2030N uses the same setup. The bearings ride in a machined slot in the main casting and are spring loaded. The table rollers are adjustable however, and need to be set correctly for proper feed (approx. 0.1 to 0.3mm above table surface). They should also be kept oiled. I also wax them at the same time I wax the table.

The pressure plate on the 2030 is a bit different than the one on the 2030N from what I can tell based on the parts diagram. It looks like the pressure plate is secured from the sides (instead of on top like on the 2030), and appears to have a tension spring that might allow some adjustment, but I’m not sure. On the 2030, the pressure plate is fixed, but can be tweaked with a little bit of effort. When I restored one of my 2030’s, the pressure plate was pretty banged up – so I straightened it out before re-installing. The first pass of stock caught on it and stopped it dead in it’s tracks as it was slightly too low. An adjustable wrench and a little effort allowed it to be adjusted, and the problem went away. I can see how just one or two ‘catches’ on some twisted stock could throw it out of position – and continued use in that condition would cause the problem to become worse over time. To tweak it, it will probably be easier if you remove it first, which is pretty simple (there are only 4 screws holding it in place).


PS: On the very early 2030’s (type 1), the pressure plate and chip breaker were actually part of the main casting and non-removable.

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