Minimizing snip on a Powermatic 15" planer

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Forum topic by DrAllred posted 09-06-2010 03:59 AM 1660 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2010 03:59 AM

I have a Powermatic 15” planer and I have tried just about everything, but it is annoying to loos about 2-3” of each board.

Has anyone been able to tune up one of these? I would like to have a few hints.


-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 05:40 AM

take a straight edge across the bed of the planer and see if the bed rollers are flush with the table. IF you are using soft wood , try adjusting the rollers up a little higher than the bed.

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 07:32 AM

Or by a piece of 3/4 ply and run your junk with it.. you can use it to true goof wood also, using shims under it to true one side good then running it with out them to true it all… Also if your running long pieces of wood threw it you need to support it totally out of the end. I use a few roller stands to support long items. If the weight of the wood shifts down past the cutter heads your gonna get snipe.

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 12:34 AM

Rich has it dead on. once the center of mass is past the table end, it will push the end of the board into your cutter causing snipe. you need to support these longer boards with a table extension or stand or “catch it yourself”. this will occur even when your tables are in perfect alignment.

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 12:41 AM

check bed rollers to be flush with the bed, check manual it should cover adjusting all of the rollers top and bottom

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