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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 08-30-2010 12:07 AM 3035 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric_S

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08-30-2010 12:07 AM

My Ridgid R4330 planner started to just leave the wood chips it planes off on the planer table and shoot them out through the front instead of through the dust chute and into the dust collector. The dust chute is not clogged, nor is the dust collector. The dust collector bag is less than half full, its a canister filter, and it used to collect all wood chips very easily through the dust collector. What gives? Am I going to need to take apart the planer knives assembly to look for a clog?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN


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#1 posted 08-30-2010 12:16 AM

Just brainstorming…
Is there a clog in the DC line BEFORE it gets to the DC?
Is the canister filter in need of cleaning?
What kind of suction is there at the end of the hose where the R4330 is connected?

I’ve got the same setup and have not had this happen, so please let us know when you figure this one out.

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

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 12:27 AM

I have the Ridgid planer. The only time this has happened (and it has happened) is when my dust collector was full or there was a clog in the line. I’m with Mike on this one.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 12:59 AM

Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll double check tomorrow after work but I don’t think thats the issue since the DC works just fine with my router table and bandsaw. The bag is around half full and the canister is clean and sucks fine for those tools, I wonder if its the inside of the planer dust chute attachment. Thanks again, I’ll let you know when I figure it out, hopefully tomorrow.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 02:24 AM

I would check the dust collector.

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 01:47 PM

I have the same planer and I have the same problem when I’m planing wood to 3/4” or less.

-- Tom Stover

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#6 posted 08-30-2010 10:17 PM

I checked the DC ports and the Planer dust chute and both are completely clear of any obstructions. The DC pipe(same pipe used on all my tools) is clear as well. Any other ideas? I dont know why it started doing this recently with the Planer. All the other tools I use with this DC collect just fine so not sure why its happening here.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 08-31-2010 04:14 AM

Eric, I’ve got the same planer and while my shopvac gets most of the chips, more than I care to deal with tend to make their way onto the planer table. I figured it had more to do with the weak HP of my shopvac.

I have a really high opinion of Ridgid, but maybe it’s a design issue if we’re all dealing with it.

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#8 posted 08-31-2010 01:11 PM

Not sure Jason. While I’m using a small DC (delta 50-720 with cartridge), it pulled chips just fine from the planer and other tools for almost a year without any issues at all. It only started to shoot chips out recently of the planer, but again, still pulls fine from other tools…no obstructions….oh well.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#9 posted 08-31-2010 04:36 PM

Check your gaskets around the dust chute, if they’re sloppy you won’t be able to create enough air flow to have the chips go back instead of forward.

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#10 posted 08-31-2010 04:55 PM

Nathan that is an excellent suggestion thank you. I’ll try this when I get home. I have the Rockler quick dust collection that requires a seperate gasket to be mounted on the planer to attach the Dust Right end to it. Maybe over time of connecting/unconnecting it’s loosened. Thanks, I’ll be sure to check and update after.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#11 posted 08-31-2010 05:11 PM

Check your DC lines. I managed to plug up my separator and clogged the lines and had that happen. Planer shavings can be a real son of a gun to get out…

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#12 posted 08-31-2010 05:15 PM

Thanks dbhost, but like I have already said, I’ve checked the DC ports and hose and both are clear.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#13 posted 08-31-2010 09:33 PM

Looked at the manual since I have a similar model. One “improvement” I’m not so certain about is the rotating dust chute. Mine secures with the thumb screws on the top and a pair along the bottom, much easier to get a decent seal.

The dust hood should rotate to let chips pass out the back, disconnect your quick-fit and rotate the dust chute aware from you to open up the outfeed. Run a board through removing just 1/32. If the chips are coming out the back you don’t have a clog around the head. If they’re still ejecting from the front remove the dust hood and open up the cutter head assembly, check the inside of the chute then look for a clog inside the assembly. If you spot one blow out with compressed air, careful because the blades are exposed on that side.

If most of the chips are being ejected out the back through the open dust chute grab a broom and clean up. On to the next phase. One thing I don’t see in the manual is a method to secure the bottom flange of the chute to the cutter head assembly, so it’s possible that there is some wiggle there which is preventing the seal necessary to clean out the assembly. Rotate the hood toward you until the flange is aligned with the arrow. Once there unplug the planer and connect the quick-fit, turn on your dust collector. Feel against the seam outside of the assembly for any air gaps that are stealing most of the pressure. If they’re there then some foam tape should solve the problem.

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#14 posted 08-31-2010 10:46 PM

Thanks for checking Nathan and taking the time to post that. Do you have a pic of the rotating dust chute by any chance? I dont think I have one that rotates and mine only attaches with two screws from the top side of it. I’ll check though around the knife assembly when I get a chance later this week.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#15 posted 09-01-2010 06:19 PM

http://www.ridgid.com/ASSETS/0C168DD3B5724414AEFB2C4D2E40C5A8/R4330_555_eng.pdf

Page 15

The part that rotates is the barrel located to the right of the outlet port. From the sounds of it you’re dust collector is working fine, so the issue is probably with chip ejection on the planer.

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