Ridgid Planer Rollers Slipping

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Forum topic by BassBully posted 02-13-2009 07:54 AM 3939 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2009 07:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid planer roller slip

I suppose it’s a good that my Ridgid planer leaves my boards silky smooth. However, my rollers slip on the board and I have to muscle it through. I’m afraid this is going to lead to a dangerous situation in the future.

I’ve heard that planers might not do so well in cold whether because it “hardens” the rollers. I’ve also cleaned any gunk that rested on the rollers. Cleaning didn’t help and I’m not able to wait for warmer whether to use this thing.

So, what’s next? Is there any goop I can apply to the rollers to make them more sticky? Do I need new rollers?

Thanks in advance.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#1 posted 02-13-2009 09:37 AM

I hear this all of the time and even wrote a story on the subject. See the link below. I am willing to bet that if you clean and wax the tables, your planer will magically start working again. It is always possible for there to be a mechanical problem but in the vast majority of cases we have dealt with, wax fixed it. And, its cheap, fast and you don’t have to take anything apart…..

Waxing Planer Tables

-- Tom Hintz,

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#2 posted 02-13-2009 05:12 PM

I have a ridgid planer – cleaning the rollers with Imperial Cleaner and prepping the table (I use TopCote) has always worked for me.

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#3 posted 02-13-2009 07:13 PM

Thanks for the advice, I’ll try that this weekend.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#4 posted 02-13-2009 10:14 PM

This may be a bad idea but I clean em with Xylene which always works a treat (even with a topcoted table they’ll slip after a while)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 02-15-2009 04:14 AM

What Damian said. The Xylene cleans and softens the roller slightly. I use johnson past wax on the table

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#6 posted 02-15-2009 05:21 AM

Johnson’s Paste Wax works great. It makes a world of difference on how the boards feed through.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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