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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 371 days ago 449 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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yellowtruck75

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371 days ago

I have a Woodmaster 718 and was wondering if a segmented planer head would prevent snipe. How much smoother of a finish will a segmented head create opposed to a straight knife head?


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Loren

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#1 posted 371 days ago

I doubt it, but better outfeed support will help. On the
Woodmaster, when the end of the board passes under
the first roller, then the only thing holding it down
is the outfeed roller, hence the snipe. Perhaps the
rubber rollers work against it there. Planers with
serrated steel rollers can still snipe but as I recall
my Robland did not snipe much.

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tinnman65

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#2 posted 370 days ago

I agree with Loren about the snip but as far as the finish of the wood you should see a lot of improvement. I don’t have these blades on any of my equipment but use them when I’m at MASW and the finish comes out smooth as glass. I would think it has something to do with the fact that the blades cut at an angle sort of like when you slightly angle a plane to get a shear cut.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 370 days ago

It will not, at least it doesn’t on my planer. If I don’t use the carriage lock it snipes…did so with the knives and now does so with the Byrd head. If I lock it that does solve the problem.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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pmayer

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#4 posted 370 days ago

I have a Woodmaster 718 and I have both the spriral cutterhead as well as the straight knife cutterhead and they snipe about the same. Snipe is not a function of the cutterhead but rather the lack of down pressure support near the cutterhead, which I assume is necessary on the woodmaster design because of the multi-functional nature of the machine. If you fiddle with roller pressure you can eliminate a lot of the snipe. I find that if I am meticulous about face jointing before running through the Woodmaster I get nearly zero snipe. Also take light passes as you approach your final thickness. Also you can always use a sacrificial leader/trailer board of the same thickness, running it through before and after your actual work piece to take the snipe.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Bill White

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#5 posted 370 days ago

I lift the back end of the work piece as it enters the planer, then lift the front end as it is about to exit the planer.
If I’m careful with this procedure, I have little to no snipe.
It has nothing to do with the cutter head, just how the material is handled.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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