Oliver 299 planer, wood randomly gets stuck

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Forum topic by Luthierman posted 05-02-2018 08:23 PM 2506 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2018 08:23 PM

Hello all,

So in the woodshop where I work, there is an oliver 299d planer with an ITCH cutter head. Earlier this year, I was nominated to sharpen it. Once that had been done, which is a major PITA, I had issues with the wood not going through. It would hit the outfeed rollers and stop. I adjusted that to where it would go through. Everything has been fine as far as I can tell since then, but now, randomly, a board will get stuck after it exits the segmented in-feed roller. Has this ever happened to anyone? What steps should be taken to try and alleviate this problem?

Thanks as always,

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#1 posted 05-03-2018 01:19 AM

Maybe with the sharpened knives the surface
coming off the cutter head is smoother and
the smooth outfeed roller isn’t grabbing it. I
have this issue with my current planer and I
haven’t figured it out yet. I was going to
see if I could make the bed slicker by polishing
the wax better. Perhaps texturing the outfeed
roller may help.

If your planer has bed rollers they could be
a factor. Mine doesn’t.

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#2 posted 05-03-2018 11:13 AM

Those are some good thoughts, Loren. My plan today is to start to eliminate variables. I have the original repair manual which gives me needed values on various positions for certain parts of the machine. I also can call a guy over at eagle machinery who has serviced this actual planer in the past. I mostly started this thread to help someone in the future if this happens again. There are a lot of variables to get through.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#3 posted 05-03-2018 12:43 PM

I’ve had that issue with my Grizzly 15” spiral carbide planer ever since I bought it.
I adjusted and adjusted, and finally I set it up the way I thought any good planer should be set up, with the infeed and outfeed tables about 1’ up slanted, got all the wheels and cutters parallel to the bed, and PASTE WAXED THE HECK out of the bed. Problem solved.

Now, I wax the bed about once a month, and I almost never, ever get a board stuck coming out.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 05-04-2018 12:03 AM

Okay, all has been sorted. There was a multitude of things wrong. I ended up talking to Rich over at eagle machinery, the go-to place for everything Oliver, and he was very helpful. Firstly, I needed to check if the bed was parallel with the cutter head. It wasn’t. Out by about .009. So I fixed that seeing how everything is based on that being correct. The pressure bar was not low enough, the chip breaker was too low, and there wasn’t enough pressure on the out-feed roller. I tweaked all of that in and, success. Very time consuming. The repair manual is very vague, so it was nice to be able to talk to someone. I highly recommend calling these lovely people if you are ever in a bind or need a part. They couldn’t have been more helpful.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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