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sansoo22

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08-23-2020 03:55 AM

I bought a used Ridgid TP1300 back in January. I’ve never owned a planer before and had trouble getting this bird to sing. It wasn’t abused by any means but definitely fell into the category of “road hard and put away wet”.

First thing I did was check the knives. The ones in it were dull but hadn’t been flipped yet so I flipped them to the good side. Then I leveled the extension tables. Still couldn’t get anything accurate from it. Next step was to replace the bottom plate since the one in it was dinged and gouged in several spots. I checked double checked the extension tables but still getting major snipe and uneven results.

Finally I checked the feed rollers and the front one had several damaged spots. So I hunted those down from Cutech/Wahuda and replaced them today. While replacing those I cleaned the whole thing and regreased the chains, all four posts, and the two screw towers.

I think I may have gotten it adjusted to be satisfactory but I have no idea how accurate one of these is supposed to be. For testing I took a clear piece of white pine and did two 1/64th passes on each side. If I feed the stock through diagonally I can’t feel any snipe.

I measured all four corners with a caliper and got:
1 – 0.6120”
2 – 0.6135”
3 – 0.6025”
4 – 0.6045”

The back two corners are about .01” lower than the front which I think is acceptable but never having owned a planer before I don’t know what type of accuracy to look for. It is wood after all so I’m probably overthinking all of this.


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#1 posted 08-23-2020 01:13 PM

That .010” is probably snipe. I think that’s perfectly acceptable though. If you’re like me, you’re gonna take a swipe with a hand plane afterwards to remove tool marks anyway. Pine probably isn’t your best test case anyway. Softer woods don’t tend to plane as well in my experience. Try some Cherry or Walnut to get a better idea.

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#2 posted 08-23-2020 06:39 PM

The only other woods I had on hand right now was a chunk of rosewood and a bunch of maple.

The maple I had to resaw and then plane today so it was a good test of the little lunch box. The few pieces I did first were off by less than .01…more like .009 and the best being .003 so I think she is dialed in. I got some minor tear out in places where there was reversing grain but I’m pretty sure that is to be expected from 2 knife planer.

To my surprise it handled the rosewood really well. The good side of that board is damn near reflective after a few quick passes with a 4-1/2. The bad side of that board required fine tuning the 112 so I can’t blame the planer for the tear out.

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#3 posted 08-23-2020 07:47 PM

I never had any problems with the TP1300, and rarely got any snipe. Keeping the tables properly adjusted, cleaned and waxed made a lot of difference, as did keeping the feed rollers clean. For accuracy, I never did break out the calipers and measure down to the thousandths, but it would be consistent enough across the board to not have any issues or fitment problems at all.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 08-23-2020 08:14 PM

Remeasure thickness 3” in from ends and see if things tighten up even more.

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#5 posted 08-23-2020 11:48 PM


Remeasure thickness 3” in from ends and see if things tighten up even more.

- Madmark2

Madmark is our daily winner. Measuring about 3” in from each end at all 4 corners gives me:

1 – .5360
2 – .5355
3 – .5360
4 – .5370

This was on some maple I was planing down to roughly 1/2”...but more like planing to fit.

That was after switching to my 4 foot level to set the tables and putting on some glide coat. I was using a piece of aluminum track for a circular saw which I don’t think is very straight. Could be why I bought the track saw.

One of these days I need to get an actual straight edge

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#6 posted 08-24-2020 02:48 PM

Madmark is our daily winner. Measuring about 3” in from each end at all 4 corners gives me:

1 – .5360
2 – .5355
3 – .5360
4 – .5370

This was on some maple I was planing down to roughly 1/2”...but more like planing to fit.

That was after switching to my 4 foot level to set the tables and putting on some glide coat. I was using a piece of aluminum track for a circular saw which I don t think is very straight. Could be why I bought the track saw.

One of these days I need to get an actual straight edge

- sansoo22

Most importantly, it looks like you’re within a +/- a thousandth side to side. How wide was the board?

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sansoo22

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#7 posted 08-24-2020 06:34 PM

That particular board was about 5-3/8” wide by 24” long ran through the planer at a diagonal. I don’t have anything wider at the moment that isn’t pine.

I probably have enough scrap lying about to glue up a 10 in panel or so if I need to for calibrating the planer.

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#8 posted 08-25-2020 05:10 AM

I found a 10-1/2” x 26” oak panel I had glued up and left in the lumber rack the last time I tried to use this planer before really digging in to tune it. That oak was fugly and all chewed up so good piece to test with.

After a handful of passes on both sides its now smooth with just a bit of snipe at one end. I measured all four corners about 3” in from the end and came up with:

1 – .6310
2 – .6320
3 – .6310
4 – .6300

I think I’m good to go and probably worried about this much more than I needed to. Thanks for all the feedback!

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#9 posted 08-25-2020 02:09 PM

I think I m good to go and probably worried about this much more than I needed to. Thanks for all the feedback!

I don’t think it’s possible to get much better than that. Certainly not necessary.

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