replacing steel planer feed rollers with rubber coated rollers

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Forum topic by bfblack posted 07-19-2019 01:46 AM 269 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2019 01:46 AM

My shop contains a 25+ year old 15” Grizzly G1021 surface planer with large serrations on infeed and much smaller serrations on outfeed rollers. This unit was purchased new from Grizzly by myself so the feed rollers are OEM. I also have a (purchased used, unknown age) Makita 2040 15” planer with rubber coated infeed and outfeed rollers; it is under powered. I am running out of space and would like to consolidate to a single 220V 15” planer with rubber coated infeed and outfeed rollers. The reason I really like the rubber coated feed rollers is that you can remove a “gnat’s eyebrow” amount of material without getting feed roller tracks. Grizzly informs me that “We currently have the T30533 15” Rubber Outfeed Roller For G1021 available for $89.95 each, plus shipping and handling. This should work for both infeed and outfeed side.” Has anyone tried replacing BOTH steel serrated feed rollers with rubber coated feed rollers?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 07-19-2019 11:12 AM

Comments, FWIW:

- The south Asian produced 15” four post planers are clones of original Delta RC-33 US made 13” design. Delta was only one that came from factory with rubber out-feed roller.

- Most Asian produced 15” four post planers come with a smooth metal roller on out-feed. If you have a serrated out-feed, that is unusual. The current replacement part is smooth metal. only know because I changed one recently due worn out shaft.

- The 15” planer(s) in-feed roller has different shaft dimensions from out-feed roller due different drive chain interconnections. Hence, can not use the T30533 for in-feed replacement.

- None of Asian produced 15” four post planers came from the factory with rubber in-feed roller. If you want one, it will need to be custom made.

- When you change to a rubber in-feed, your reliability in feeding rough/dirty lumber is reduced unless taking thick enough cut to ensure sufficient friction. You also have to clean a rubber in-feed roller fairly often – even with only s4s lumber, where you almost never need to clean the serrated metal version. So changing to rubber in-feed may not give reliable ‘gnat’s eyebrow’ removal you desire without more machine upkeep.

There are several existing threads on the topic of serrated in-feed rollers for the 15” clone planers.
Several with specific recommendations on source(s) for custom made rubber coated rollers.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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