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Forum topic by stumpknocker posted 11-13-2010 04:03 PM 1790 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2010 04:03 PM

I have a 13’’ Rigid planer. The planer comes with double sided blades but once the blades are rotated they seem to dull quickly. Has anybody experienced this? At this rate I need recommendations on a good sharpening service, which brings up the second question. Is it worth getting set up to sharpen your own blades or have a service do it.

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 04:34 PM

Check out GarageWoodworks’s site. Under jigs he has some great jigs and techniques for sharpening them by hand. I haven’t done it yet but I don’t see a reason to pay for the service since it seems pretty straightforward to do.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 11:27 PM

Thanks, I’ll check it out.

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#3 posted 11-14-2010 01:30 AM

I have not had this problem with my Ridgid Planer. I have used the same blades for many board feet of hard woods without dulling. I think you may pay more to sharpen 2 sides of these blades than to purchase them. I get mine on line from Home Depot for about $25 for a set of 3 blades.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 02:32 AM

Stump, if you are not doing so try brushing your lumber with a wire brush to knock off silicates and other trash and abrasives that can quickly nick or dull the thin planer blades.

Doesn’t take long per board and sure saves on buying replacement blades.

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 05:47 AM

I’ve had pretty good luck with the longevity of the blades in my Rigid planer. I just put in my second set of blades in it after running a many BF of lumber through it. I did have some issue getting the bolts out for the retainer bars. I ended up stripping the hex heads out of 4 bolts and I really don’t think over tightened them when I switched cutting sides last time around. So I, very carefully, ground the heads off to get the retainer bars off and installed hardened bolts in all the holes. The wrench and the bolts that are installed are cheap soft metal and do not come out easily. I highly recommend changing the bolts to a higher quality bolt the next time you change your blades out.

I did ask someone about sharpening these blades and the answer I got was, don’t waste the money. These blades are not meant to be sharpened so just buy new ones for the $25 – $30.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#6 posted 11-17-2010 04:09 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I kinda figured for my use it would be easier just to buy a new set.

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