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Forum topic by Steelpapa posted 10-31-2014 11:19 PM 1092 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steelpapa

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10-31-2014 11:19 PM

I recently bought a 13’’ Rigid thickness planer, worked good out of the box. Ran some red oak through it recently and halfway through its sniping into my boards. I figured dull blades ,so I flipped them over and its still doing it.While I am feeding it through it snipes every few inches. This is the third time I’ve used it. I have it at the lowest setting and i have only been doing 1/4 inch turns. I used pine and and willow…SAME THING,please help

-- Ron,Texas,http://rjnwood99@clearwire.net


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jmartel

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 11:22 PM

Sniping is usually only at the beginning and the end of the board. It means that that area is getting planed thinner than the rest.

Are you referring to tearout?

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 11:35 PM

Are the boards milled flat (jointed) on one face before planing?
Tearout is common on straight-knife planers, but snipe midway down the length of a board would have me very concerned.

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 11-01-2014 12:45 AM

Sounds like it is catching intermittently and not feeding properly. Wax the table and clean the feed rollers.

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CharlesA

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#4 posted 11-01-2014 12:46 AM



Sounds like it is catching intermittently and not feeding properly. Wax the table and clean the feed rollers.

- gfadvm

+1

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Gshepherd

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#5 posted 11-01-2014 11:03 AM

Having sinipe in the middle of the board is odd….

Now does it make a diffrence the length of the board? Lets say you did 2 boards and 1 was 8ft and the other was 5 ft. Would te snipe be in the middle rougly on both boards???

If so, I wonder if your outfeed rollers are out of wack…. or your outfeed table is lower for some reason.

Once the board travels trough and hits the halfway mark there is a shift in weight, like a teeder totter effect…. something is more wrong with it than just needing table and rollers cleaned. IMOP of course. Cause why is it in the middle of the board? Are the boards bowed severly?

I have several moulders and planers here at the shop and if we do not control the material we get either bad snipe or chatter, chatter will usually be the length of the work piece.

Let us know what you find out.

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Harryn

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#6 posted 11-01-2014 05:10 PM

The problem is too much slack in the drive roller chain, Same thing happened to me. Drive roller skips on the sprocket and causes snipe like marks. You can try to rotate the square bearing for the drive roller or add shim to it. Or order a new chain. I made an idler sprocket to take up the slack.

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 11-01-2014 05:50 PM

Is the board feeding continuously or is it pausing each time there is snipe? As Andy said it probably needs the feed rollers cleaned. I use minerals spirits. Unplug the machine, raise it all the way up, wipe the roller clean as much as you can, plug it in and turn it on for a second and see if a dirty portion is showing, if so unplug and wipe clean again. Do this until the rollers are clean. Also waxing the table is helpful.

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Gshepherd

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#8 posted 11-01-2014 06:02 PM

Why would there be snipe if only the material stops feeding through the machine? Snipe is a deeper cut beginning and end of a board not in the middle. If the board stops midway I can see a burn mark from the knives hitting the same spot and are getting hot due to no chip removal.

If I run a board through my planer and stop the feed roller and let it run in one spot I do not get any snipe but may end up with a burn mark on the wood… If the rollers and bed are so dirty then the whole board is subject to the same effect but not just in the middle. What am I missing here guys…

It is sniping every few inches, something is causing the material to LIFT up to get snipe. Is there a flat spot on the rollers????? Maybe by running in one spot and wearing a flat spot on a roller I can see that Happening.

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CharlesA

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#9 posted 11-01-2014 06:33 PM

Because when it is not feeding continuously, the blades have a tendency to bit a bit more in the wood. It’s not snipe, exactly, but it is uneven planing.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 11-01-2014 11:45 PM

Yep, “Uneven planning”. But it looks a lot like typical snipe.

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Harryn

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#11 posted 11-01-2014 11:58 PM

My previous note re chain slack can be checked by removing the cover and observing the chain as it is planing, If it seems to skip, that’s the problem. It’s worse with a heavier cut.

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Steelpapa

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#12 posted 11-02-2014 05:52 PM

During planning it skips and leaves an impression but not consistently. I looked into the planer while in operation and it was the blade roller pushing done,like biting,lol. I checked the rollers and there are not any flat spots. I will re-level the planer and start all over. Also its on 4 wheels but i lock all the wheels down. Thank you all, I waxed it helped and yes it stops feeding then keeps polling along

-- Ron,Texas,http://rjnwood99@clearwire.net

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