Roller problem with my deWalt planner.

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Forum topic by 1972norton posted 02-21-2011 08:44 AM 2239 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2011 08:44 AM

I have a new planner and the roller will not pull the wood through. I’m working in a cold shop and I’m wondering will temperature have an effect on the rubber of the roller? I’ve had to push the board through and other times, stopped planning and just remove the board. I look at the roller and they appear to have a shine on the surface. This is bad news for me?

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 08:52 AM

more details please.

Dewalt model (DW725?)
are you taking a thin cut? Does the operation differ if you take less of a cut?
feeding it from the correct side?

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 10:57 AM

Same thing happened with my Dewalt 735. It was just a matter of cleaning the rollers (you don’t have to remove them, just raise the planer so you can access them from underneath) and cleaning and waxing the table. Even though both of those parts looked clean, the dust accumulation on them was enough to halt the feed.

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 02:16 PM

I had this problem too with my dewalt, I waxed the tables as mentioned above and all is good.

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 02:54 PM

Make sure the blades are sharp.

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 03:07 PM

i had the same problem with my ridgid planer and customer service told me to wipe the rollers down with rubbing alchol, it worked for a short time i eventually just had to purchase new rollers

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 03:51 PM

There are products out there that are designed for cleaning rubber rollers. You can probably find this stuff at your local electronics store. It’s also used on printers.
You can also check these out.
Blow off
Rubber Rejuvenator

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 06:59 PM

I use a micro-fiber cloth on the rollers of my DW 735. The thing is to clean the rollers completely. That means plugging the machine up, then just hit the start button for a split second (all of this with your hands far away from the blades). Then, clean the newly exposed rollers. Repeat until the rollers are clean. You can get a lot better results using the micro-fiber cloth instead of just cotton, etc. I’m sure you could use some sort of cleaner on the rollers, but I would use them as a last result. Good luck.
- JJ

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 08:48 PM

The same issue comes up often on another forum, and … as usual … the Jocks are right: wax the snot out of your planer bed, and clean your rollers well.

I like cranesgonewild’s product suggestions—new to me—but have personally done fine with isopropyl or denatured alcohol on the rollers (primarily my printer, but secondarily my Ridgid planer), and Johnson’s paste wax on the planer bed (okay, NOT the printer, this time <grin>).

Every time I see these things suggested, it’s like a miracle cure for the DWXXX planer owner who inquired :-)

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#9 posted 02-22-2011 09:50 AM

I got this one question – what to do about feed problems on planers – that I did a story (link below) on waxing the tables. now I get email all of the time from people who solved their problems with wax. It doesn’t cure everything but it is very quick and free to find out before you start tearing anything apart!

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#10 posted 02-22-2011 06:34 PM

Greetings 1972norton,

All of the methods that are stated above for maintanence are all good ones, and they all work great for the problem at hand.
But I went one step further to help the problem, which it works for me. My old planer is a Delta 12”, and I check the knives pretty often for sharpness, nicks, etc. One thing I did a good while back was make an auxillary planer bed. It is 12” wide and 48” long, and made of 1/2” BB ply. Most people put a laminate on theirs, but I elected not to. I sanded it down, and put a couple coats of tung oil on, and called it good. When I feed a board through, the bed helps grab the wood, along with the rollers and knives, and helps push the wood through the knives, and very little snipe on the front or end of the board….. This may not work for you or others, but it works for me….Clean everything and make a bed out of scrap and try it… might work for you, too….You can see the planer in my avatar w/o the bed…....That planer is probably 12-13 years old…. and I’ve changed the knives maybe 3 times in all them years…...Good luck with yours…..

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