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Forum topic by Rob posted 12-10-2013 07:39 PM 1423 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2013 07:39 PM

I’m not sure what the problem is and I’m hoping one of you will have an idea. I have a Grizzly G0453 15” planer that a couple years ago I upgraded with a spiral cutterhead (Grizzly version). It worked great with no problems whatsoever. Recently though, when I pass boards through it, every board regardless of species gets hung up when it’s about 2/3 of the way through and I have to pull it the rest of the way through. I’ve waxed the tables, I checked the rollers, I checked the down pressure for the feed rollers, I’ve checked the drive belt, I’ve added oil where it says to for lubrication, I’ve taken light passes and heavy passes. None of these things has made any difference. Would the carbide cutters dulling or being dull cause this?

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 10:11 PM

Rob, you could go ahead and rotate your cutters 90 degrees – I understand it doesn’t take much time to do that. If it doesn’t help, you can put them back like they currently are and look for another solution.

I’m not real familiar with that model, but I believe the infeed and outfeed rollers are rubber. If that is correct, is it colder than normal in your shop?

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 10:15 PM

Did you check the chain Drive on the rollers ?

Are they both rolling ?

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 12:25 AM

Mark, I am going to rotate the cutters 90 degrees and see if that helps and also check the rollers. It is colder this time of year but I do heat my shop when I’m out there working.

DaddyZ, I will check the chain drive for the rollers. I didn’t think about that. I’ll also make sure all the pitch and resin is clear from them.

Both of these things will have to wait a few days. Big Lake Effect Snows coming over the next couple of days followed by a snow storm forming in the West that’s supposed to hit here on Saturday. I don’t think I’ll be doing much but putting more gas in the snow blower!

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 12:59 AM

Rob, I heat my shop when I’m out there, too. But I don’t think the rollers on my planer benefit too much from that – they take a long time to warm up. And I’ve definitely experienced more problems like the one you described during winter months than during warmer weather. I’m in central Indiana.

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 01:12 AM

Mark, I hope that’s all it is. Cold rollers but it’s never been this bad before. I was trying to plane down a 2 1/4 inch thick piece of Black Walnut approx. 10 inches wide and 4 feet long. I couldn’t push it or pull it through. I pulled so hard that the whole machine slid on the floor. I had to shut the machine down and raise the cutter. When I took the board out and looked at it, I had barely skimmed it so depth of cut wasn’t the culprit. To get the board the thickness I needed, I ended up sending it through my drum sander. It took forever but it got the job done. Good thing I didn’t have to take off too much!! The good news is I have all of my Christmas projects done now so maybe I’ll just spend a cold snowy day in the shop with coffee and music and tear the thing apart, clean it all up, re-adjust everything, rotate the cutters and by the end of the day the rollers should be warmed up enough. Then test it and see if I notice a difference.

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 01:46 AM

I had a similar issue with my 15” Grizzly a few years ago and I believe it was the chip breaker adjustment.

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 02:14 AM

I think exedman is getting closer to your problem. That and pressure bar adjustment.

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 07:39 AM

Clean the feed rollers with mineral spirits. Resin and dust make them slippery. All the other stuff ts good, but this is critical.

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#9 posted 12-12-2013 03:59 PM

When you rotate the cutters, be absolutely sure that there are no chips or sawdust under them.

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#10 posted 12-13-2013 12:46 AM

Thanks for the tip biggeorge. I also have to purchase a torque wrench before I do the rotating that reads in inch/pounds as my cutters require a torque of 48-50 inch/pounds

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 01:58 PM

48”lbs is the same as 4’lbs

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 02:03 PM

It sure sounds like that your bed rollers need to be raised just a bit. They have to be set just proud of the table. The manual specifies how much. If you have the rotacator tool, it is easy to do.

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