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#1 posted 10-19-2015 07:00 PM

I have a portable Porter-Cable planer. I know it is not the greatest planer on the market but for my projects it should suffice. That said, I have recently encountered some issues with it—one of the lockbars on one of the knives was bent (no problem, ordered a new one for $10 and repaired the machine). The bigger issue is that I planed some end-grain recently (I know this is a no-no) and now the machine tries to propel itself forward when I turn it on—if I put it on the ground it will literally start walking across the garage—so I wonder if something may have been knocked out of balance internally on the planer? At the same time, I noticed that the hand crank will tend to “lower” the planing blades while the machine is on—like the vibration is causing the handle to turn. This obviously creates its own challenge…

I have taken it apart almost completely, cleaned it out, put everything back together and it is still “walking” though it does at least seem to plane reasonably well. The crank bar still turns on its own when the machine is on. SO I have to hold the machine back with a leg while making sure the hand crank doesn’t move. That makes it a bit harder to do basic planing!

Any ideas/recommendations for this woodworking newb? Appreciate all help in advance. I should note that this was not the first time i have put end grain through it but the machine is much more vocal in telling me that I shouldn’t have done that now than it was the first time I planed end grain.

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