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Forum topic by Tennessee posted 05-02-2012 04:55 PM 1526 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2012 04:55 PM

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I have to admit, when I put burl and quilted wood through my spiralhead Grizzly, it performs beautifully and produces a brilliant finish for a planer. But I just cannot seem to rid this machine of enough snipe to make me happy.
I know all the rules about putting boards one after the other, the endless adjustments on the rollers, manual adjustments that are there and not there, .002 on the table rollers, etc. One guy even lowered his table rollers completely and put a sheet of teflon all the way through on the tables. Not a bad idea if you want something less than the 3/16” minimum it offers, but seemed kind of pricey.

So I Googled this problem, and it seems like a fair amount of the Grizzly Spiralhead Planer buying public shares my woes. I found an interesting solution on a smaller woodworker site in the Carolinas. One fellow suggested taking the outfeed tables to .040” high at the tips. I can do that, no problem, and probably will try tonight or tomorrow. Many of his fellow members replied they had taken their tables as high as 1/16” at the tips. That’s pretty high!

Wondering if anyone else has used this as a solution when you have to run shorter boards. Apparently, it doesn’t help much on long boards, which makes sense.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 05:04 PM

Not sure of the height(I would bet at least 1/8”), but I do have both the in & out tips raised, Dosen’t remove all snipe but I do have A few come through with No Snipe at all (that i can see), the boards with snipe all it takes is a little 80 grit ROS & its gone. My planer just a delta 12-1/2” portable I send a bunch of slats off pallets through it.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 05:09 PM

My first planer, a Rigid 13” from the year 2000, (still working fine after what has to be thousands of board feet), has flat tables, and I get no snipe with it. But it tears the heck out of anything without a fairly straight grain and you get really sick of sharpening the old twin blade system all the time. But back in 2000, Rigid had that slightly collapsible center section that went down maybe .030” when the board went through. Probably simulating raised table ends.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 05-03-2012 03:17 AM

I raised the tip of my tables a lot more than 1/16” and it made a huge difference with my 3 blade Ridgid.

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

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 10:53 PM

I have the rollers on mine at about .002 and the tips of the infeed/outfeed tables are dead flat. If I’m not feeding the boards in right behind each other, I will usually just catch the board before it comes out and apply a little lifting pressure on it, to keep the end down, and I don’t get any snipe. Do the same when feeding the board in, to avoid feed end snipe. I have found that if you raise the rollers to the specs in the manual, it seems to increase the snipe.

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#5 posted 05-03-2012 11:25 PM

Verrrry interrrresting!! I will try raising the ends on mine to see if that helps. Thanks for the post. :)

-- Art

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