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201 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: planer question

I was cleaning up my planer today and when I took the cover off the side with the height adjustment handle to reveal a feeder chain and belt I noticed there was a spring broken that looks like it was meant to activate a little wheeled lever that put tension on the chain

I’m not real sure how long it’s been broken but I’ve been using it a lot lately and haven’t noticed anything about it running odd. I plan on fining a replacement spring tomorrow but am wondering if it is a bad thing that it’s been ran a lot with it broken or was it just meant to keep the chain from popping loose.

Help…!


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#1 posted 201 days ago

Might be an idler spring. Having the drive chain flap around may cause undue wear and tear and it may leave the chain in a position to flip off. I think you are on the right track planning on fixing it. You may get by fir the rest if tge life if the planer or the next board through could flip the chain off and bust a chain or gear tooth.

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#2 posted 201 days ago

Mark, can you post a picture?
Thanks,

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#3 posted 201 days ago

Here.

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#4 posted 201 days ago

Yep – it’s a chain tensioner. Fix it ASAP.

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#5 posted 201 days ago

Will do!

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#6 posted 201 days ago

Yup. it’s the chain tensioner. And while you’re at it, put a few drops of oil on that chain too.

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#7 posted 201 days ago

Would graphite spray work here? I always wonder if the oil doesn’t pick up sawdust and cause clogging. I’m not sure if the graphite spray would provide enough lubrication though.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 201 days ago

Dewalt recommends lithium grease spray on all the chain drives of their planers. I was told this by the Dewalt service rep that serviced my store for tool demos and RTVs when I worked for HD.

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#9 posted 201 days ago

Lithium grease makes sense.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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