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04-22-2011 02:51 PM

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Safety in the shop tips for the planer.

What are some tips to work safely on and around a planer?



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#1 posted 04-22-2011 03:14 PM

one vote here for ear protection.

-- Something, something, something.

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 03:32 PM

Pinch Points

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 04:28 PM

Two goods ones above. Add remove jewelry, secure loose clothing and long hair.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 04:37 PM

What does “pinch points” refer to?

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#5 posted 04-22-2011 04:44 PM

I am guessing pinch points would refer to how it is possible to get you fingers trapped between the board and the table and/or sides of the planer as the board is being feed by the power rollers. (Wow that was one long sentence!)

I would have to also add kick back even though it is unlikely due to the safety features on most planers.

-- James -

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#6 posted 04-22-2011 04:58 PM

Stand to one side of the planer during operation in case a piece shatters and the planer ejects the broken pieces.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 04-22-2011 04:59 PM

use pushsticks and fetherboard

take care

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 05:28 PM

Safety glasses!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 04-22-2011 11:05 PM

If its not a floor model make sure it is secured to bench or other. Keep outfeed path clear. Oh and do not stick body parts in the machine.

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#10 posted 04-23-2011 01:51 AM

Don’t forget the ear & eye protection & push sticks to preserve the fingers

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 04-23-2011 05:47 AM

Keep the floor and surrounding area not cluttered. Unlike most other shop equipment you must walk from the front to the back while it’s running. If you trip or stumble bad things could happen.

-- Joe

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#12 posted 04-23-2011 06:02 AM

out feed boards droop
and can catch on the edge of tools or workbenches
making the planer walk up the board
and fall over backwards

or bow the board so bad it breaks
and sends splinters flying

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 04-24-2011 05:07 AM

take very light passes. takes a bit longer, but, much safer and easier on your knives

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 06-03-2011 01:52 PM

NO loose clothing (could even be a shop apron or dangling tie cords, etc.) and NO gloves or the like to get caught on and/or pulled into the auto-feed pinch points that bubinga refers to.

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

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#15 posted 06-03-2011 02:27 PM

A pinch point could also be a board coming out of a planer ,and pinching your body, or a body part,against another object ,that you did not realize was close enough for that to happen, or is not usually there.
Feeding a shorter board ,when the planer grabs it , can pinch your hand,or fingers between the board ,and table.Potential Pinch points are every where in the shop.
Any where, any thing that can get pinched
Don’t slam your foot in the door on the way out

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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