Powermatic 54A Jointer #2: Chips

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Blog entry by Jerome posted 09-08-2019 12:47 AM 781 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently I began using my jointer again and for some reason wood chips are being blown back towards the indeed side during operation. I checked the dust pist and it isnt clogged. My cut depth is set to 1/64 of an inch. What could be my problem?

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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#1 posted 09-08-2019 02:20 AM

I’d check the area further up in the dust chamber behind the knives. Chips get packed in behind the knives and don’t make it down into the chamber on my Grizzly even when the chamber looks empty. It takes a vacuum hose or a long dowel or coat hanger to bust them loose. The problem is that my dust collector isn’t strong enough to remove those large chips so they get packed in there and back up.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-08-2019 12:33 PM

Hi Jerome, Mine does that occasionally and it is always that the outfeed chute for the chips is plugged with chips. I clean them out with my hand ( the machine is always OFF) but then I use a stick to clean way up in there and and a bunch more come out and the problem goes away. Look way up in there.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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