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Forum topic by FreeRangeWoodworker posted 12-11-2017 11:46 PM 286 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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FreeRangeWoodworker

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12-11-2017 11:46 PM

I purchased this planer used a couple of years ago. It had been heavily used, but up until now was working just fine. Lately, when I feed a piece of stock into the planer, the piece will go in only so far then needs a nudge to keep going. I’m pretty sure it’s not that I am trying to cut too much off—that’s different. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 12:06 AM

I’m guessing the feed rollers are coated with pitch or gum. It happened to me a lot with my Ridgid benchtop planer. My fix was to wet a paper towel with denatured alcohol and carefully clean the rollers.

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#2 posted 12-12-2017 12:07 AM

Like Art sez – when was the last time you cleaned the feed rollers and waxed the table?

Cheers,
Brad

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FreeRangeWoodworker

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#3 posted 12-12-2017 12:09 AM

Sounds great guys—I’ll clean them for sure. Do I have to remove them to clean them?

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#4 posted 12-12-2017 12:09 AM

There are two common culprits…

1. The bed of the planer needs to be waxed. I use Bostik Glidecote that comes in a spray can. It works great.

2. The knives may be getting dull. Worn knives don’t look or feel much different that sharp ones, but they don’t cut wood as quickly and can cause this symptom.
Try #1 above, and if the problem persists you need new knives.

Good luck with it.

FYI I’ve never noticed any benefit from cleaning feed rollers, but I only mill hardwood.

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#5 posted 12-12-2017 12:20 AM

I’ve seen pitch build up on planer tables
from planing pine.

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#6 posted 12-12-2017 03:02 PM

I cleaned the rollers and waxed the bed—works great now.

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