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burntwood

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03-07-2013 12:14 AM

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My wife bought me a reconditioned ridgid 4331 planer this past weekend. I got it out of the box and play/planed a couple of boards. I was impressed with the quality of the wood it produced. I then started planing a third board. It started a sorta of jerking motion. The board would move 3 inches or so and sorta stop and then go another 3 inches or so in a jerkig motion and contuined to the end of the board (About 4 feet long, dry pine). The planer is still producing a good smooth cut. Any ideas on what migh be the issue?
Thanks in advace!

-- ..."When everyone is thinking the same... Someone isnt thinking." ... George S Patton


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toolie

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#1 posted 03-07-2013 12:17 AM

is the dust chute on the planer and is it hooked up to a dust extraction apparatus of some kind? ?

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 03-07-2013 12:27 AM

Yes.

-- ..."When everyone is thinking the same... Someone isnt thinking." ... George S Patton

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 01:49 AM

check that the rollers are clean and functioning properly without any material feeding through the unit.

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 02:02 AM

Try paste waxing the table. I have a dewalt 735 and have to wax my table once in a while or it will stall like that.

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#5 posted 03-07-2013 02:02 AM

Make sure the tables are cleaned and waxed too. Pine can leave that sticky sap like residue behind.

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#6 posted 03-07-2013 02:38 AM

+1 on bullethead1’s and shanea’s suggestions. slipped my mind. i’ve seen several similar threads where cleaning and waxing a planer bed resolves erratic feed issues.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#7 posted 03-07-2013 02:58 AM

I have this planer and have this same problem if I don’t max the tables on a regular basis. A nice wax will do it wonders.

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burntwood

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#8 posted 03-07-2013 02:53 PM

Thanks to all. I will try some wax!

-- ..."When everyone is thinking the same... Someone isnt thinking." ... George S Patton

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 03-08-2013 04:22 AM

And clean the rubber feed rollers with some mineral spirits while your at it!

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#10 posted 08-29-2013 05:02 PM

Well, I see I wasn’t the only one who had a problem with this model. I called their tech support and they said the same thing. Plus they mentioned roughing up the rollers with some sand paper. It seemed to work OK for the time being. As time went by it bagan doing it again and then it finally stopped going through all together. Upon observation of the cutting head it appeared crooked. So, I brought it to an approved repair facility to be fixed. What a nightmare; they had it for four month and now I’ve got it back and it seems to work. The fan housing on the dust shoot is now broken so I had to use some ‘L’ brakets to reattach it. Not sure if the repair tech got pissed at it or it was the product of CPO’s refurbished status. Anyway, this is one piece of crap for the money paid for it. When it works it puts out a nice piece of wood but the quality of material (i.e., aluminum casting is very, very thin in some areas, etc.) just sucks. I will not recommend this thing to anyone. Now I will bite the proverbial bullet on this one and start looking for something better made.

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#11 posted 08-29-2013 05:44 PM

1+ on wax, and clean the rollers if needed.
But the real test is the blades. Plane some non-resinous wood like oak, and see it the problem persists. Pine can be pitchy, and doesn’t slide as well as hardwoods. If you still have the problem, replace the blades.
When my blades dull, they still show good surface quality, however the feed rate slows or stops.

Refurbished can mean different things. I wouldn’t assume the blades are fresh.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Bill White

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#12 posted 08-29-2013 08:21 PM

Well, at the risk of being an a$$, ya pays your money and ya takes your chances. Sometimes the re-furb stuff is not a great bargain.
I’d take that puppy back and tell ‘em to keep it (after they refund).
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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