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11-05-2013 12:17 AM

I just bought a Rigid 4331 planer and had a chance to set it up. The infeed and outfeed tables are skewed.

On one side the pivot bolt is closer to the planer bed so that there is about a 3/16” gap between the bed and the table:

On the other side, the pivot bolt was drilled off center and the planer bed sits about 3/8” away from the planer bed:

It is almost like the holes for the hinges were drilled off-center on one side at the factory. Should I take it back and exchange it for a different one? Will this affect the operation?

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 12:22 AM

You got that new? As long as they are both level with the planing surface and dont snag the material I dont see a problem. But if that’s new and it looks funny, I’d at least contact Ridgid and see what’s what.

Or build a custom in/out feed tray to replace it all anyway. My 2 cents..

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 12:32 AM

check to see if it is the casting or the table that is off

if it is the table you might be able to correct it yourself
maybe even turn it around and re-drill right
or just make a slot and move the table in
if it is thru bolted

as mentioned
so long as it is flat with the bed
it shouldn’t affect the operation

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 12:40 AM

That is how it looked straight out of the box.

I think the casting is fine but, as you can tell from the second picture, the hole drilled into the casting is off center.

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 01:15 AM

I would not accept that on a new planer.

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 02:13 AM

I believe they are made that way on purpose to adjust the height of the infeed to the level of the throat of the planer. if it bugs you you can most likely adjust them to a poin where the skew is not so obvious. there are usualy two locations in the eccentric rotation of the adjusters where they will line up properly for the infeed.

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 03:36 AM

I agree with REO. Adjusting these tables works to correct for snipe. At least it has on mine. It is good to be able to adjust these tables a the end furthest from the planer. I do not see where the gap would effect the performance of the planer.

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 03:55 AM

That’s how most portable planers come, I believe. My DW733 is the same way. You’re supposed to adjust the outer edge of the extensions so they are coplanar with the bed. That way when the wood is entering or exiting the feed rollers of the planer, it will be supported by the outer edge… in-between it doesn’t matter as the feed rollers take over, and the gap helps keep chips from getting under your wood piece. Also as Jim mentioned you can increase the height of these lips a little if you’re getting problems with snipe.

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#8 posted 11-06-2013 03:13 AM

It was definitely a manufacturing blunder. I exchanged the planer at HD today and the new one is just as you would expect it to be – holes for the in and out feed mounts were drilled and tapped in the center of the casting and there is a nice consistent gap between the planer and tables. The new planer was manufactured a year after the original one I bought so they must have eventually straightened it out at the factory (or switched factories). It probably didn’t affect the operation of the planer since I could sill adjust the height of the in feed and out feed tables but it sure was bizarre and sloppy. I’m glad I took the time and effort to load it up and exchange it.

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#9 posted 11-06-2013 04:27 PM

You’re welcome.

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