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Forum topic by bhacksaw posted 02-20-2015 10:47 AM 896 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2015 10:47 AM

I read a WOOD mag tip that said to reduce (even eliminate) snipe, raise the in/outfeed tables 1/16” above the planer floor. Does this work? It seems counterintuitive, but I guess if you get snipe when the tables are even with the floor, it makes sense…?

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 01:20 PM

If you adjust your knives properly, there shouldn’t be any snipe. ............... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 02:09 PM

To convince yourself to adjust the tables up try lifting the board on one end as it starts to be planed and again as it exits the planer. You will see the snipe disappear. I have my tables up about 3/8” and now get zero snipe. Give it a try. Decide for yourself.

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 02:11 PM

It can improve snipe. Using a cutterhead lock helps alot if your planer has one….that’s a feature that I consider essential or snipe occurrence is much higher. There are other things you can do too….table and knife adjustment is key, keeping the rollers clean and the table waxed can’t hurt, and putting shorter boards through end to end to can also reduce snipe. Flattening one face on a jointer or by hand can also help.

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