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Forum topic by DavidATX posted 280 days ago 765 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DavidATX

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280 days ago

So I have a new Ridgid Planer, maybe about 3 months old now and I started getting this chip out on running thin pieces through it. I am making some coasters and was just trying to clean it up after the glue up. Should I not be running 1/4” thick pieces through it? I ran some smaller individual pieces through and they were fine? Only when it was glued up did I get this result. It is 4 inches wide and about 3 ft long.
Or could my blades already be dull? I have made about 3 cutting boards out of hardwoods but have only cleaned up boards so I can’t imagine the blades already being dull? Thanks for the thoughts, tips, and advice!!


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Gary

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#1 posted 280 days ago

Looks to me like you are running the grain the wrong way. May be taking too much off at a time….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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jmartel

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#2 posted 280 days ago

Run it through the opposite direction.

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Jokker78

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#3 posted 280 days ago

I was looking at one of those to add to my collection of tools.

how do you like it ?

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 280 days ago

looks like normal tearout due to running the board against the grain. If you glued up boards with grain going in both direction than a power thicknesser may not be the best tool for the job “to clean the glue lines” – a scraper would be a far better tool here since you just need to do some cleanup. unless the boards are not aligned after the glueup?

Edit: while people use the planer for clean up and other purposes, it is really designed as a rough milling tool – to get raw materials into usable boards that you can then work with.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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DavidATX

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#5 posted 280 days ago

Hi Gary and Martel-I did try runing it the opposite direction and got the same result-to clarify should it go with the grain, right? As dumb as this may sound on some pieces I have a hard time telling which way the grain is running? Maybe just inexperience on my part. I might need to be sure my glue ups all have the grain the same direction as well. I was only trying to take 32nd or less off, as little as possible.
Jokker78-I love having it, I have been able to use scraps that would not have been useable before! I would recommend it to you!

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 280 days ago

Just feel the board as it enters the planer, it should feel smooth under your fingers.

Besides grain direction, there can be issues planing thin stock. With my Dewalt 735, 1/8” strips begin to chatter and tearout. 1/4” strips usually work fine. Also, snipe will be present because the board is too thin for the outfeed table to guide; it just bends the board.

Also if the stock was resawn, and one end is thicker than the other – that can cause the planer to grab.

I was planing some bone dry cherry yesterday and noticed more tearout than usual. Some wood is just prone to tearout. Helical carbide cutterhead is the ultimate solution, but that will add to the cost of your coasters significantly:)

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

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 280 days ago

It is possible the blades could be a little dull already, I have a DeWalt and it would produce perfect results no matter what I threw at it when the blades were brand new. After they’ve begun to dull slightly it does take a little more effort to get great results. If it’s tearing out when running it through either way the blades are probably too dull to do what you’re asking of them.

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jmartel

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#8 posted 280 days ago

Jokker, Buy another brand. I had 2 Rigid 4331 planers die within a week. I finally got my money back and got a Dewalt 735 instead like I should have in the first place.

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woodklutz

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#9 posted 280 days ago

Check blades for pieces that could have been embeded during run thru. Sometimes the glue is not cured and it adheres to the blades. Just spin the cutters and look closely, the tiniest piece can create what you have described, an imbalance of the blade to the surface. Loosen the blade if you see anything and remove particle. Take mineral spirits to wipe the blades.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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toolie

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#10 posted 280 days ago

these should provide some useful information:

http://www.familyhandyman.com/tools/woodworking-tools/how-to-use-a-benchtop-planer/view-all

http://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/video/get-the-most-from-your-planer.aspx

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

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 280 days ago

If you are planning the glue up pictured, I don’t think the planer or the blades are at fault. BECAUSE there is NO tearout in either of the adjacent boards. I think that one board just has some weird grain which is causing the tearout.

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

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 280 days ago

I agree with gfadvm. Sometimes a certain grain in a board just won’t take. Scraping off the glue and sanding it is more work but less work if you have to sand out those tear out marks. I rely on my drum sander in cases like these.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Sandra

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#13 posted 280 days ago

I agree that it seems to be a grain issue, and not the blades. I’ve had a similar issue hand planing walnut.

You could run a single board through of something other than walnut and see what you get.
I’ve had no problems whatsoever with my Ridgid planer. I’ve had it for a year, ran all the lumber for my workbench through it, as well as the pieces for cutting boards etc. No sign of dull blades.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Mike

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#14 posted 280 days ago

I have the earlier model of this planner. I had this problem on some curly maple. It turned out that the board wasn’t supported correctly and also wasn’t being fed straight is. If your board is going in straight, turn it slightly to the side on an angle. That’s worked for me in the past.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - http://www.termitecrafts.com

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