What can you do in an "oh crap" moment while planing lumber on a benchtop planer?.

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Forum topic by OldBull posted 09-24-2020 01:43 PM 449 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2020 01:43 PM

In the case you see a nail or staple or you decide you have the wrong depth setting what can someone do. I realize there are not many options, hit the off switch or stay away from the machine and let it run it’s course. On the DW735 I think there is an automatic carriage lock so changing the setting to raise the cutter and miss the cut probably won’t work, or will it?

What happens during a cut when the planer is shut off?

I have a new planer but have not used it yet, so no bad experiences just a question.
Thanks for any experience you might share.

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#1 posted 09-24-2020 01:47 PM

If you can’t raise the cutterhead while running, you have to choice but to turn it off.

Make note of the depth, raise the head, remove the nail or reset depth.

Whatever could possible happen to the blades is not nearly as bad as hitting a nail.

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#2 posted 09-24-2020 01:57 PM

Been there, done that. Just power off. Better than the alternatives.

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#3 posted 09-24-2020 02:42 PM

Power switch will stop it faster than cranking up.

Many planers won’t feed a too deep cut. My Grizzly G0889 has an actual depth of cut indicator and too thick of a cut won’t fit under the front lip.

Depth of cut indicator and headlock lever. The Wixey is a nice add on.

Start turned off and well high and wiggle the board as you crank down until the board stops easily sliding. At this point the feed rollers have caught but there should be minimal cut. Pull the board out (if you can’t, back off until you just can.) Go down a 1/2 turn from there to start.

Check your lumber thickness and in the steps above be sure to find the high spot (a few thou doesn’t matter).

Look at the edge of the board and feed falling grain direction first to minimize tearout. Flip end for end instead of rolling over to maintain correct grain orientation. Plane both side equally to reduce post-planing warp.

Wax your feed table and both in & out feed trays!

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#4 posted 09-24-2020 02:46 PM

Thanks for the insight everyone.

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