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Forum topic by Todd posted 02-05-2014 05:19 PM 1241 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2014 05:19 PM

Does anyone else who owns this planer experience snipe? I have 1.5 to 2” at each end of a board. I have tried all kinds of adjustments to no avail…so I live with it. But should I? I don’t expect not to have any snipe but is this reasonable? It’s the first planer I’ve ever owned so I don’t know. Otherwise I’m happy with the quality of the planed boards.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 05:34 PM

I have a Ridgid, it also snips.
Interestingly enough when I was using my planer back home in France I never had this issue, I have no idea why not

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JAY Made

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 05:36 PM

I will let you know I just ordered on and should have it next week.

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 05:39 PM

That planer looks similar to the Porter Cable planer I have. IMO, most of these small, two-blade, lunchbox planers will leave a couple inches of snipe on either end. You can eliminate most of the snipe by building a longer infeed/outfeed rig, but I don’t think its worthwhile unless your dressing A LOT of lumber.

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 05:41 PM

how long are the boards you are planing?

snipe is fairly common with the lunchbox planers due to the design and placement of the feed-rollers and the breakdown of the bed and extension beds.

what adjustments have you tried making to overcome this?

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 05:50 PM

Every planer I have had does it, including the brand new steel city I got 2 weeks ago. One way to minimize it, is to lift up as the board is about to exit; at least one end will come out O.K.


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#6 posted 02-05-2014 05:58 PM

if you’re not planning a lot, you can eliminate some snip by chasing it with a piece of scrap. I

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 08:09 PM

Really I was just looking for confirmation that my expectations aren’t unrealistic. I have done the board chasing and lifting up the end as it exits. Sounds like my machine is performing on par with others. I guess “snipelock” is a marketing ploy.

I try to plane long enough boards to minimize scrap. Usually 3’ – 4’ with the additional support of a roller stand.

Like I said earlier, this planer seems to do a great job.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 08:22 PM

On my Ridgid I had snipe when I set it up according to instructions, with the two tables perfectly in line with the bed. However, I read on here that both should be angled up slightly. I did that, and that has,virtually eliminated snipe. You might try that.

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 08:57 PM

All I have to say is I can run 2” thick by 6” wide by 96” long stock thru my Ridgid TP1300 planer lying flat or on edge with the stock tables only and not get snipe. My tables are adjusted so that a level placed across them leaves about an 1/8” gap between it and the bed of the planer.

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Clint Searl

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 09:54 PM

You can reduce/eliminate snipe by feeding short sacrificial pieces first and just before the end of the good piece so they overlap at least by the amount of snipe.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 09:58 PM

My Ryobi does it too. I think it is pretty normal.

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#12 posted 02-06-2014 01:42 AM

I use Charles and Alan’s technique and rarely get snipe with my Ridgid unless I’m taking too deep of a cut.

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

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