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Forum topic by DaveBaker posted 07-29-2012 10:14 PM 920 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DaveBaker

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07-29-2012 10:14 PM

Hello, I have a Rigid 4330 Planer that generally works well. The only issue is that there seems to be an issue with the board feed. I do occasionally clean the feed rollers, but it doesn’t seem to last long and but it does seem to help. I also keep the infeed, outfeed and bottom surface waxed.

What is the best thing to clean the rollers with?

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.


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fussy

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 12:28 AM

Dave,

Mineral spirits (paint thinner). The more you use it, the more cleaning it needs; a sad fact of life. Waxing the bed is good too. I use Johnson’s paste wax.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 12:43 AM

A few weeks ago my Dewalt 635 wouldn’t feed after not being used for several months. Waxed the table with Johnson’s Paste wax and it was as good as new.

-- Joe

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 02:24 AM

The only time I have ever had this occur with my Ridgid, the blades were really dull or I hit a really high spot and tried to take too much at one pass. Is this a possible issue with yours?

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

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DaveBaker

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 08:25 AM

gfadvm,

Yesterday I took a bit more of than I expected and it seemed it actually fed rather well (until near the end, it blew the breaker). The boards I was planing were just under 6” x 48” and when I jointed them I was able to take more off with each pass.

The look of the surface is great when I get them done. Is it still possible the blades are dull and still get a good finish?

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 11:37 AM

Dave, in my experience, yes. I bought a used planer. They guy I bought it from told me I should probably reverse the blades as they have seen some use. I have never used a planer before, so I played with it quite a bit before reversing the blades to the fresh side. The cuts were all really smooth, but I had to take very light passes. If I even tried to take a 64th off, the piece would move quite a bit and come out of the planer very crooked. Once I flipped the blades around, I could take deeper cuts and it fed straight.

The funny thing is I didn’t get ANY snipe with the dull blades no matter what I did. Now I have to be careful feeding and retrieving to avoid the snipe. I’ve learned all the little tricks.

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Tennessee

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 02:42 PM

OK, this is gonna sound odd, but when I ran my Rigid all the time, I had the same problem, and cleaned my feed rollers with lacquer thinner, not paint thinner. Doesn’t erode the rubber or nylon or whatever they are, but sure cleans them and leaves a nice, tacky finish.
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#7 posted 07-30-2012 03:06 PM

The big difference between dull and sharp blades, at least in my planer, is how deep I can cut.

When I got my planer (A Dewalt, but close enough to yours) I loooooooved it and it worked fantastic.. for about three months. Then one day, it just stopped working. Somebody told me to clean the bed with acetone and then Johnson’s paste wax. Magic!

This is now something I do out of habit once a month or so. Figure it can’t hurt.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-31-2012 12:34 AM

Yes, I still get a smooth finish with dull blades. My biggest clue that it’s time to change blades is the sound. It gets MUCH louder when the blades are dull (hurts your ears loud!). Every time I flip/change blades there is a huge improvement and I wonder why I waited so long.

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

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DaveBaker

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#9 posted 07-31-2012 08:56 AM

Reversed the blades last night and cleaned the rollers again. I’ll try running some more boards thru tonight and post an update.

The blades were slightly dull, but not bad. What amazed me was that the other side wasn’t much sharper, you could run your finger along the edge without getting cut. I would think they would be razor sharp, literally. I did read somewhere that when folks bought new blades, they were sharper than the originals which these are.

Does anyone resharpen the blades?

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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DaveBaker

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#10 posted 07-31-2012 08:06 PM

Works like a charm. It didn’t seem like the blades were that dull, or that the other size was that much sharper but it was enough to make a difference.

Thanks for the great advice

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 08-01-2012 12:31 AM

I have my Ridgid blades sharpened at Best Grinding in Tulsa. Costs $25 per set and new ones only cost $30 BUT the resharpened ones are sharper and last longer. They can only be resharpened 2-3 times.

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

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#12 posted 08-01-2012 01:18 AM

Here’s a good video on how to sharpen your own blades

http://www.garagewoodworks.com/video.php?video=v34

-- Joe

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