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I just bought a Rigid 13" Planer and so far it has worked great except for one nagging problem. When I first set it up it planed great. As smooth as I would get using 220 grit sandpaper. Then after about my 10th board, I noticed some small rough straight lines running down the length of the planed surface (1/8 inch wide). Not a gouge or really rough patch, just a little raised and a little rougher than the rest of the surface. I figured I had chipped blade or something, so I flipped all the new blades around, and same problem. Also the lines don't happen in the same place each time. Any clue what could be causing this? Also I heard somewhere that you should wax the infeed and outfeed rollers, is this true? With regular paste wax? Also generally how long do planer knives last, I have no clue (30 boards or 500 boards?) Thanks.
12-26-2000, 11:45 PM
YOUR BEST BET IS TO CALL RIGID AT THEIR 800 #. THEIR STUFF HAS A LIFETIME WARRANTY. YOUR PROBLEM MAY BE RESOLVED WITH A CALL.
12-27-2000, 02:07 AM
Sounds like you've got something embedded in a roller. Esp since it's moving. Have you waxed the table recently?
12-28-2000, 09:03 AM
Clean and wax the bed and infeed/outfeed supports, NEVER wax the rollers which depend on friction to work. The rollers should be cleaned with alcohol or some other mild solvent to remove pitch, etc. I have the TP1300 and planed probably 200 ft. of 10" poplar, 200 ft. of 3-8" oak, and upwards of 300 ft. of 3-7" cherry before the knives needed to be changed. Even then, the main reason for changing was a few dings brought about by the presence of sand in a rough-cut board. One further note: you can distort the knives if you over-torque the mounting screws, resulting in less smoothness and uneven thickness across the board width.
As Mark noted, something embedded in the rollers (or possibly stuck on the planer bed) is a likely cause of pits or ridges, especially when planing soft woods. I have noticed that knotty pine tends to leave debris and pitch behind.