Having a problem with my Ridgid 13" planer "sticking". It will not
feed the boards through smoothly. They get stuck and I have to push
or pull them through. This is a big hassle and it leaves a poor
finish. It doesn't matter how much material I try to remove... same
result. Anyone else have this problem? Thanks.
I have the Ryobi 1300 planer, and had similar problems for some time.
2 suggestions based on my experience, Make sure you have adequate
dust collectioni to help keep the roller wheels as clean as possible.
I bought a small, realtively soft, wire brush, about the size of a
toothbrush, and started scrubbing down the roller wheels on occasion,
especially when the stickinig started to happen. Raise the cutting
head mechanism up high enough to get the brush in there. Turn the
machine on, and hold the brush to the wheels as they spin. Wear
goggles, and obviously keep the brush far engough away from the
spinning cutter. I've read that a little mineral spirits can also be
used if you have buildup. In any case, it seems the key is to keep
those things clean. Since then I've had very few boards hang up. I
wouldn't scrub the wheels too hard, you don't want to mar them, but
Try waxing the tables and cleaning the overhead feed rollers. If the feed
rollers are rubber use Ronson's lighter fluid. IT rejuvenates the rubber and
makes it a little more sticky. IF the rollers are metal, clean them with
acetone or alcohol. Usually waxing the bed solves every thing.
Wax on the bed, certainly. As to alcohol dissolving resin from conifers,
you'd be better off using mineral spirits. Acetone is something to be
avoided in areas where plastics are used. It does horrible things to some,
and it might go places you hadn't anticipated. Pretty tough on you in
close quarters, too. Not that mineral spirits is such a safe option.
I wasn't intending to clean off resin with the suggestion of lighter fluid
on the rubber rollers. Rubber dries out and work hardens. The lighter fluid
semi rejuvenates the rubber making it softer. The solvent for the metal
rollers is your choice. Mineral spirits leave an oily residue. Alcohol and
acetone do not.
Well, you certainly could clean off the resin with it. Alcohol, of course,
as a semi-polar solvent, wouldn't work well at all.
Mineral spirits contain _no_ oil
http://www.noco.com/NOCO-MSDS/Mineral_Spirits.htm It is, however, an
excellent non-polar solvent for oil. Indeed, its base, Stoddard solvent,
contains naphtha, the ingredient in lighter fluid, as part of its makeup.
Acetone is a danger to so many varieties of paints and plastics, not to
mention the high fire danger, that it would never be first choice for such
an application. Stoddard solvent has a flashpoint of 60C, acetone at -20C,
is much more dangerous.
I had a similar problem with a 12 inch Dewalt. Waxing, as noted by others
makes a big difference. Cleaning the rollers with mineral sprits seems to
help also. For me the problem was worst with rough sawn stock.
But it IS new. I've had it about eight months but I've only used it 4
times (~50 lf)...
I'm heading out right now to wax the table and clean the rollers.
I'll let y'all know how it works. Thanks for the suggestions.
I have the same planer, and had the same trouble... also while the planer
still had that "fresh new planer" smell... so... The type of wood you run
through it also makes a difference - I got this info when I call Ridgid
customer service (boy, you could have fun with that one...) Apparently, the
rollers have a very low tolerance for redwood... the advice here is good...
clean them well, keep them clean and wax the table.
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