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wkndwrnch

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01-02-2018 12:55 PM

I have a Jet 15” with sharp knives,and a HF collector with a Wynn filter. I take minimal passes with the planer and still have shavings and sawdust I have to clear,in order to keep running. Is there something I need to do with maple that is different than cherry or walnut? This maple is dry,not green,sawdust comes off more as shavings than as sawdust,different than other hardwoods.


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 01-02-2018 01:20 PM

hmmmm…...you didn’t mention what dust collector you have

If you don’t have trouble with wallnut you shouldn’t have trouble with maple

(hp, duct size, etc)

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#2 posted 01-02-2018 03:36 PM

When looking in my bin, I do notice the shavings are different shapes and curl one wood to another.

But shavings easier to collect than sawdust.

I would say check the guards and shields in side the planer, if any.

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sawdustjunkie

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#3 posted 01-02-2018 03:37 PM

I have a HF dust collector as well and have never clogged it up unless I suck up a towel or something like that.
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#4 posted 01-02-2018 04:08 PM

check the impeller on the collector, either semi clogged or bent vanes, be sure to unplug when doing so.
confirm hose not clogged with larger product,
good luck with it, but imo, should not be clogging up, confirm the exhaust from equipment is open to relieve of load.

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#5 posted 01-02-2018 04:34 PM

I don’t have the HF, but my small Delta has a small grid on the intake, and sometimes that clogs up with the bigger shavings.

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#6 posted 01-02-2018 04:58 PM



I don t have the HF, but my small Delta has a small grid on the intake, and sometimes that clogs up with the bigger shavings.

- jbay

IIRC, there was a cross grid thing on the 6” intake on my HF that i cut out.

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#7 posted 01-02-2018 06:04 PM

What size ducting and hoses are you using? Are you sure your system is tight? My guess is that your DC system problems is caused by pluggage, damaged impeller, undersized hoses, or leaking air into your DC system.

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wkndwrnch

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#8 posted 01-03-2018 11:47 AM

tomsteve,IIRC, there was a cross grid thing on the 6” intake on my HF that i cut out.

I had not thought of doing this. This is exactly where the shavings gather.

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#9 posted 01-03-2018 03:27 PM



I have a Jet 15” with sharp knives,and a HF collector with a Wynn filter. I take minimal passes with the planer and still have shavings and sawdust I have to clear,in order to keep running. Is there something I need to do with maple that is different than cherry or walnut? This maple is dry,not green,sawdust comes off more as shavings than as sawdust,different than other hardwoods.

- wkndwrnch

You need a minimum of a 2hp dust collector and 5-6” hose to remove chips cleanly when thicknessing.

Regards from Perth

Derek

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 01-03-2018 04:02 PM

I noticed the same thing when milling maple. When I had a 1hp DC and a 4” flex hose, it would clog after extended planing or jointing. I switched to a 2hp cyclone and a helical head on the planer, and haven’t had any further issues. I’m guessing the DC upgrade was the bigger factor, because I didn’t change the cutterhead on the jointer.

Hopefully removing the cross grid will be enough to fix the problem.

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WhyMe

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#11 posted 01-03-2018 04:15 PM

wkndwrnch, I take it you aren’t using a cyclone separator. A cyclone will remove those large chips prior to the blower. I have a Super Dust Deputy on my HF with the Winn filter and my Dewalt 13” throws out some serious chips and the grill on the blower has never clogged.

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#12 posted 01-03-2018 05:21 PM



tomsteve,IIRC, there was a cross grid thing on the 6” intake on my HF that i cut out.

I had not thought of doing this. This is exactly where the shavings gather.

- wkndwrnch

i only have a benchtop 12” planer, but the Hf Dc keeps up with it real good-AFTER cutting that out. no 6” hose or 2hp necessary here.

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