Ridgid 4331 Planer L-R Alignment Spec

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Forum topic by carpetbagger posted 11-06-2013 05:40 PM 645 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2013 05:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid planer 4331 alignment spec parallel planer

I’ve had a Ridgid 4331 planer for about 2 months. It’s the only planer I’ve ever used.

Now that I’m knee deep into a project and have actually used it, I see that one side is over (3/64”) lower than the other, across 7”. must be off more across the full 13”.

Is this normal for planers?

How consistent should a planer be across the 13”, left-to-right?

I rotated the blades with no change. (By the way, I was disappointed to see that the up-down movement is transferred from one side to the other through a very loose chain under the bottom of the unit. Certainly there’s some slop in there.)

Am I expecting too much by hoping it would be within at least 1/64”?

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 07:47 PM

I was just reading a manual for the Griz 1021 (a planer for sale on CL) and in it’s setup they talked of .004 across the table. 1/64 = .016. So in my non-planer-owning world, 3/64 would be way out.

But I’m sure someone will chime in soon enough.

peace, T

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 01:46 AM

That would be unacceptable for me. Since it’s only 2 months past purchase, I would return/exchange it for one that didn’t have this flaw rather than trying to fix it myself.

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

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 01:48 AM

That is way out of spec.

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

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 02:20 AM

Yes that is way out, return it. And those chains are loose looking they are not supposed to be tight.

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 03:28 AM

Thanks for the quick input.
Since it’s still within 90days I’ll take it back and try again.
I was really worrying about how to do a desk top with that kind of variance so really appreciate knowing what to do.

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