How do you clean planer rubber infeed rollers

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08-17-2021 12:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer rubber infeed roller rubber rollers rubber outfeed roller wood chips on rubber roller clean rollers

I’ve got a Delta 12” portable planer and the rollers get covered in small chips even though I’ve got a vac hooked up to it. I looked up getting new rollers, but $=nope. How do I clean them and is there something that will make chips not stick to them as much?

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#1 posted 08-17-2021 01:06 AM

I just wipe them down with alcohol every now and then. They should not be sticky, and should not build up chips very quick.


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#2 posted 08-17-2021 01:57 AM

Plus 1 for denatured alcohol.

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#3 posted 08-17-2021 03:56 AM

I use Mineral spirits.

The sticking chips make me think you are using a lot of Pine, Fir, Spruce and other resinous woods. Cleaning periodically will probably cure it. Putting something on the rollers to retard the stickiness will likely become a burden when you go to finish the wood. Plus it’s possible it may cause increased slippage.

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#4 posted 08-17-2021 02:22 PM

Hey Guys, Use 99% pure isopropyl alcohol. Don’t use the lower % stuff. Used to have a tech guy come into our plant to clean the same type of hard rubber rolls. He used to hide it from us maintenance guys because he would get he service calls to come in for a literally 30 second fix. I just happened to see him toss the empty bottle in the recycling container the one day. From then on we used the 99% pure stuff and it kept the rollers cleaner longer and wouldn’t leave a film. Then I started using it on my Dewalt DW735 and man what a difference.

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#5 posted 08-17-2021 02:55 PM

I agree, this sounds like you have pine pitch collecting on your rollers. Alcohol will clean that off.

A trick I learned back when I used to race RC cars is Simple Green. We used to use it on our tires for more grip at locations where more noxious chemicals were not allowed. I use alcohol either IPA or DNA for cleaning the rollers. I have found nothing better for removal of pitch or resin. Then I wipe down with a cloth dampened in Simple Green. This helps the rollers grip the wood.

Thanks, George

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#6 posted 08-17-2021 05:43 PM

Excellent. Thanks to all

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#7 posted 08-17-2021 06:16 PM

Delta manual for Delta 22-580 on page17 says:

Cleaning infeed and outfeed rollers
The infeed and outfeed rollers will need to be cleaned periodically.
Use soap and water and scrub the infeed and outfeed rollers with a scotch briite pad.

Do not remember if I ever did it or used alcohol dampened rag.

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#8 posted 08-17-2021 09:52 PM

I remember from my tape deck fixing days that alcohol on a swab was the go-to for heads, but lots of warnings about using it on the pinch rollers (black rubber). It would harden the rubber (dry the oils out?) and lead to cracking.

I don’t know what the planer rollers are covered with, but many surface friendly solvents available.

Rubbing alcohol is diluted in large part with glycerin (i.e. oily) so unless you intend to get glycerin into whatever you are applying alcohol to, use the purest you can find.

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