planer finish quality fix?

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Forum topic by fishinmonkey posted 01-11-2012 11:29 AM 2258 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2012 11:29 AM

Hi Folks,

I’ve lurked on this site for a bit as I’ve built up my home wood shop (ongoing/never ending project, right?) and am taking the plunge to join the forum because I could use a bit of advice.

Yesterday I brought home my latest Craigslist power tool goodie, a RIDGID TP1300 Planer I purchased for $150 from a cabinet maker who upgraded to a Powermatic (drool). He had used the machine for several years and was honest that the finish quality of the cut had decreased a bit over time. The issue isn’t snipe, but a slightly uneven surface texture that is sand-able, so adequate for my needs considering the price.

He said he replaced the blades regularly, so that’s not the issue. He thought in might be due to some sawdust/resin build up inside the head.

When I got it home I notice two things (which I probably should have picked up on before I put cash down). One, neither the infeed nor the outfeed tables are level with the bed of the planer. I know this can be adjusted, and some planers seem to cut with less snipe if the outfeed table isn’t level with the others (forget if it’s best for it to be higher or lower). Also, the wear plate on the planer bed is pretty dented in a few areas.

My thought is that the uneven surface may result from uneven pressure on the board as it goes through the knives, because of the dents. I checked on the Emerson/Ridgid parts website, and a new wear plate would be $20something (plus shipping I assume).

So, does anyone have any experience with this kind of a problem or ideas as to the possible connection between it and a dented planer bed? I figured I might be able to test my conclusion by laying a good piece of plywood or melamine board over the infeed table, bed and outfeed table and then testing some scrap pieces on top of that. I don’t have any experience with planers, so I’m not sure if there are any safety hazards here…don’t think so.


-- I like to cut wood apart using various power tools and then screw and/or glue the pieces back together agian. It passes the time.

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 01:01 PM

Your idea is sound as many of us use same procedure to plane very thin stock.

Good luck.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 01:49 PM

I have an old transpower 12 inch, after beating it up saw the same problems with finish. Friend made me a 1/2 inch thick steel plate 12 wide by 28 long I use for bottom table. waxed it does not hinder sock feed unless at width limit. I have seen the wood tables made to use for planing thinner stock, cover with smooth laminate and should take care of your problem, and give you better table for all your needs .

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 02:30 PM

My first planer was the original Delta lunchbox, and I noticed an uneven cut after I replaced the blades. This was in the form of a “wave” that was spaced maybe 3” apart. If that’s what you’re seeing it may be knife height. I had cleverly figured out a way to set my knives exactly wrong enough to cause that. I bought a set of planer pals and re-set them and it went away. As for the melamine, I ran mine with a piece in their all the time. My current planer is a stationary, and I have a piece of melamine sitting in it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 06:19 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’ll play with it today, I think.

-- I like to cut wood apart using various power tools and then screw and/or glue the pieces back together agian. It passes the time.

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 04:59 AM

It really sounds more like a dull/chipped blade problem to me. I would replace the blades and clean the blade carriage to make sure the blades seat fully. I intentionally have both my in and outfeed tables tipped and not flat as it eliminated snipe for me so I’m certain their adjustment is not the problem with your ‘finish’. Hope this helps

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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