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Forum topic by bdresch posted 01-02-2017 03:24 PM 537 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bdresch

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01-02-2017 03:24 PM

I’ve got a Ridgid TP1300 planer and having issue trying to take shallow cuts. If I try anything less than a 1/16” cut the blades catch the wood and spit it back before the rollers start feeding. The roller surface doesn’t appear worn, anyone have any other thoughts?


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WillliamMSP

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#1 posted 01-02-2017 03:32 PM

I’m not familiar with your model, but is there a way to adjust the roller pressure?

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#2 posted 01-02-2017 03:41 PM

I am not familiar with the TP1300, but from a quick search, it appears that the rollers are now obsolete and no longer available.

I have the R4300 and have found that I have to occasionally clean the rubber rollers that move the wood through the planer. Not hard, but tedious. So you might want to try this to see if you can get some more life out of that TP1300.

  • FIRST unplug machine
  • I use isopropanol on paper towels to clean rollers
  • Plug machine in and pulse machine on/off
  • UNPLUG again and repeat above until all of the rollers are clean.
  • Remember the sequence of unplugging and replugging
  • And above all, be careful not to cut yourself.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 01-02-2017 03:48 PM

I’m with Mike on this one. The rollers get impregnated with wood chips and all other sorts of crud. The alcohol will remove the resins but you may need to still take to some cleaning with fine sandpaper. The rollers usually are fixed in relation to the head and not adjustable. If your blades are not properly installed (or not the correct part), they make be protruding a bit further than designed, although these types of planers usually make installation foolproof.

Has the problem gradually appeared or did it occur all of the sudden?

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#4 posted 01-02-2017 05:24 PM



I ve got a Ridgid TP1300 planer and having issue trying to take shallow cuts. If I try anything less than a 1/16” cut the blades catch the wood and spit it back before the rollers start feeding. The roller surface doesn t appear worn, anyone have any other thoughts?

- bdresch


I have the TP1300, the only way this could happen is if the first roller is not engaged at all. But that would be even worse when taking a bigger cut. Are you getting snipe on the ends? I’m thinking maybe your infeed is too low and catching the blade before the rollers.

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ArtMann

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 05:32 PM

Rollers are available but not from Ridgid. There is another company that sells that identical planer right now. Unfortunately, I can’t think of the company name. I owned and heavily used a TP1300 for about 10 years. I traded it to a friend for a scroll saw and he is still using it today. Every time the infeed would start to act up, I would raise the cutter several inches and then wipe both input and output rollers with Isopropyl alcohol. I would try that before replacing the rollers. You may have to scrub them repeatedly to remove all the material that has accumulated over several years.

Edit: I did a little more digging and the company to which I referred is Cutech. It looks like the only option for buying that planer now is with the segmented spiral cutter head. They may still have replacement parts for the old unit if you must have them.

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bdresch

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#6 posted 01-02-2017 08:55 PM

I’ll check if the knives to see if they are fully set. The rollers were just cleaned, they are spotless. The infeed one is definitly turning. There is a dent in the wear plate that was there from the previous owner. The dent is only in the center and this happens even with wide boards so I don’t think that would cause it. I see that cutech offers the wear plate so I might order one to eliminate that.

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bdresch

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#7 posted 01-03-2017 02:20 AM

I checked the knives and it appeared one was not fully seated. I re seated them and nownit cuts fine down to 1/32. I can get it to cut 1/64 but it takes a little coaxing to get it started. I may replace the table wear plate now. That may be allowing the boards to dip a bit before hitting the knives.

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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 01-03-2017 12:53 PM



I checked the knives and it appeared one was not fully seated. I re seated them and nownit cuts fine down to 1/32. I can get it to cut 1/64 but it takes a little coaxing to get it started. I may replace the table wear plate now. That may be allowing the boards to dip a bit before hitting the knives.
- bdresch

GREAT!

I’m glad it was an easy fix re-seating the knife/blade. This also serves as a reminder/lesson for the rest of us. Thanks for sharing.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 01-23-2017 03:51 AM

This is a timely thread for me as I just came in from the shop frustrated with my Dewalt 733 as it is exhibiting the exact same symptoms. I will clean the rollers and double check the seat on the blades and see if this clears up my problem as well. Thank you all for the advice and thank you bdresch for asking this!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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