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Forum topic by roughcutchuck posted 01-08-2015 04:23 PM 1442 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2015 04:23 PM

Just a bit of general info first, I found this site while trying to find out if my problem was a common one or just me. That said, I live and play in upstate NY and last night it went to aabout 10 below. This morning when the temp got back in the positive numbers I went to plane some oak, mahogany, and pine for a sandpaper cabinet and I can’t get my planer to adjust up. It worked fine at about the same temp just a couple of days ago. Should I take it apart in order to dry lube all four adjusting screws or just try warming it up with a heater? Any help out there?

-- Chuck

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 04:43 PM

I have this planer, I don’t know about dry lube, I just use a shot of WD40, but… I’ve not Been in my shop for the past two weeks so I can’t really assist in this matter, I am curious to know others comments on this though.

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 04:51 PM

I too have this planer and have never experienced the problem you’re describing. I’d first give it a chance to heat up then (with a gloved hand) try to push up on the carriage while rotating the handle up and see if that works. I do blow mine out frequently to prevent dust build up. I’d be careful with lube of any kind that could attract dust build up where you don’t want it. Dry lube would be my first choice if it came to that.

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 05:54 PM

What I finally did was to remove the top and sides, perform a through cleaning and when that didn’t help, I simply put a bit of up pressure under the head and it cranked right up. What it acted like was that I had taken it down to far even though I was at almost 5/8ths of an inch thickness.
Background info, I bought this planer at a Pawn Shop in Abilene, TX for under a hundred, as it had basically the same problem. Apparently this particular tool doesn’t like anything less that about 5/8. I guess what i”ll have to do is make a raised bed and just go from there. Thanks for your responses.

-- Chuck

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#4 posted 07-17-2015 06:27 PM

There is a depth stop (basically just a bolt on the base to prevent overplaning) usually set to 3/4”. Someone might have adjusted yours to 5/8”. This is probably what is preventing you from planing thinner. It can be adjusted or even removed.

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#5 posted 11-07-2015 08:57 PM

Hi guys, I also have this planer and I really enjoy it a lot. I have owned it for about 6 years now and it runs like a champ. However, when I was planing some boards recently, I noticed some squeaking that started to occur and I’m not sure what it’s from. I was wondering if anybody that owns one here would know? It doesn’t squeak the whole time, just when I feed a board through it. And when the squeaking does occur, it only happens once every second while the board is passing through.

I did wax the bottom of the planer, but the problem still exists. I haven’t had any trouble with the board not pulling through, so I’m a little worried that one of the barrings are wearing out. On the other hand, I haven’t cleaned the feed rollers though. Has anyone had a problem with the planer squeaking?

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#6 posted 11-07-2015 11:25 PM

eric,instead of asking the same question in 6 different threads it would probably be more effective to start one thread of your own.

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#7 posted 11-08-2015 04:27 AM

eric,instead of asking the same question in 6 different threads it would probably be more effective to start one thread of your own.

- tomsteve

+1 I’m confused enough already

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