I've had my planer for about 6-months and NEVER changed the blades...ALWAYS
had leading and trailing end snipe.
Changed my blades and the snipe is 'significantly' reduced.
How could that be?
The only thing I can think of is that the blades were not factory set
The blades are closer to the table than the old blades, by a hair? That
would reduce, by a bit, the pressure from the rollers for the same depth
of cut as before you changed blades. Could that explain the reduction
in snipe for you?
Besides which, the OP stated that new blades sniped less. wouldn't new
blades be longer than the worn ones, and thefore, proves the point,
because the only change in position is RELATIVE; the relative height of
the blades in relation to the rollers.
Sharp blades can snipe plenty if you've got a snipe-prone machine (some
brands are worse than others) or if the tables aren't adjusted properly.
I'm not sure the fact that the blades are sharp, in and of itself,
would reduce snipe one iota. Then again, maybe I'm wrong.
mac davis wrote:
It exerts the first pressure aft of the cutterhead, before even the outfeed
roller. Should have springs enough to help against unsupported boards
climbing into it. Those without springs should be close.
Best setup series for generic iron planers I ever saw was in FWW, though I
can't recall the issue. It was almost the same as my manual on the Invicta.
Quick search at the Taunton site ought to turn it.
Blade sharpness significantly impacts how hard the machine has to work to
reduce the surface of your stock. If the stock is cut more easily, then
the forces which would cause snipe (stock moving relative to the cutter
head after the ends move across the rollers) would have less relative
Or something like that, I would think.
It's an idea. But I'm in software. Ask a hardware engineer.
And change the blades when the sound the planer makes seems to change. At
least take them out, and clean the gunk off of them. Maybe a quick hone
with some 800 grit wrapped around a chunk of maple.
Lotsa big leaf maple in Norcal, Oregon & Washington. Good turning stuff.
There's a 48" log of paper birch, 15" diameter, on my driveway that a
friend rescued from the chippers when the tree trimmers were done.
I'm near Oakland, CA.
Friends are good to have. There's walnut due in this weekend.
hmm... I'll have to beat on my kid up at Fort Lewis to find me some hardwood!
I have a garage and side yard full of logs and blanks now, but all pine, fir,
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