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Forum topic by ScottCen5 posted 08-16-2016 06:03 AM 367 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ScottCen5

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08-16-2016 06:03 AM

Hey guys,

I’ve been a loooooong time lurker and appreciate all the great ideas I’ve gotten from this site. Through my search it seems a lot of you own this planer. I’m having a problem and I hope you can help. The height adjustment handle spins on almost every cut, even 1/32. I have waxed the tables, cleaned the rollers, and I am using the the adjustment lock. I do feel the lock is the issue, but there does not seem to be a way to adjust it and make it tighter. Anyone have this experience?

Thanks in advance for you help.


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Laughran

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 09:56 AM

Mine will move when the blades get dull

-- David

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knotscott

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 10:27 AM

That was one of my bigger complaints about that planer. I try holding the hand wheel in place, putting a clamp on it, etc. Ultimately, I ended up moving on to the R4331, which is a better unit IMO.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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ScottCen5

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#3 posted 08-18-2016 04:30 PM

Had a day off today to do some experimenting. Seems the best oprion was to wedge a shim between the top of the machine and the handle

The cut doesnt seemto shie that the blades are dull, but I may flip rhem anyway

I was incorrect in my post, I actually have the R4331. Way too much vibration. I keep finding small screws also. Maybe it’s just a lunchbox planer thing. The amount of wood milling I do doesn’t really justify a bigger investment.

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Putttn

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#4 posted 08-20-2016 12:26 AM

If you are having vibration issue I’d check to make sure the blades are firmly attached. Mine started vibrating and the plate holding the blade came loose and broke the blade plus the plate, pokes a 1 inch hole in the housing and shot a piece of metal across our parking area and punched a hole in the back quarter panel window of my Jeep.
Can not find the replacement plate anywhere so looks like I’ll have to take one off and see if I can have it replicated.

-- Bill eastern Washington

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ScottCen5

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#5 posted 08-21-2016 09:43 PM



If you are having vibration issue I d check to make sure the blades are firmly attached. Mine started vibrating and the plate holding the blade came loose and broke the blade plus the plate, pokes a 1 inch hole in the housing and shot a piece of metal across our parking area and punched a hole in the back quarter panel window of my Jeep.
Can not find the replacement plate anywhere so looks like I ll have to take one off and see if I can have it replicated.

- Putttn

Thanks! I’m gonna head out to the garage and check that out now.

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ScottCen5

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#6 posted 08-22-2016 01:40 PM

Whule checking to insure everything was tight, idecided to flip the blades.


Mine will move when the blades get dull

- Laughran

That man is a genius. I sure wish I would have listened. My cut umproved 100%. No vibration and the cutter lock worked fine.

I feel like an idiot postung this, but maybe it will help someone else, CHANGE YOUR BLADES.

Thanks to all for your help.

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