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Forum topic by Dabcan posted 05-14-2011 04:20 PM 1548 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2011 04:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: thickness planer ridge rigid question

I picked up a rigid thickness planer (4330) a week ago and have been fairly happy with the results. I don’t have much experience with a planer so I was hoping for some guidance. I try to vary where I feed the pieces in order to even out the wear on the blades, however when I run a piece on the right hand side, it always comes out smooth with a thin ridge on it? I haven’t used the planer all that much in the last week so I am wondering if I have a knick out the blade or could there be some debris stuck inside?


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#1 posted 05-14-2011 05:11 PM

There’s a nick in one of the blades. Move any one of them just a hair and you should be fine. I don’t even bother with my “ridges”. They come out when sanding.

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 08:04 PM

+1 to what RickLoDico says…..I sand the ridges out also as the blades still cut very well even though they have a few nicks in them…..Dewalt 734…


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#3 posted 05-14-2011 08:33 PM

Ditto on what they said.
Nicks are no big deal you have to sand anyway and they come right out. If you don’t sand you will see the blade scalups after you put on the finish. It should be a good planer I hope you like it. If you don’t have a jointer you can make a planer sled to mill up your lumber.


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#4 posted 05-14-2011 09:04 PM

The blades are reversible so you can swap sides on one or all of the blades to eliminate the ridges, but nicks are plenty common and are pretty much inevitable, so they’ll be back. You can remove the ridges several ways….by running board back thru the planer at the same height in a different location, sanding, or using a handplane or scraper.

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