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Forum topic by AKSteve posted 07-16-2012 02:31 AM 1807 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2012 02:31 AM

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I am have problems with my exhaust on my Planer, it keeps getting clogged, I have a heavy duty Wet/Dry Vac hooked to it, but it keeps getting clogged after one pass, has anyone had this problem and what did you do to fix it? Thanks in adance for any replys !

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 02:39 AM

The only time my Ridgid planer dust chute got clogged was when I was planing some pressure treated lumber. Were you planing pressure treated or lumber with a high moisture content, by chance? Also, mine is hooked up to a dust collector. I haven’t tried using mine with a shop vac.

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 02:43 AM

no, no pressure treated wood, just Curly maple and Jatoba. none were pressure treated. The shavings are long and curly and don’t break apart which is causing the clog up, it bunches up and cant get thru the exhaust. it’s wierd. I wish it would break up to make the exhaust easier.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 02:46 AM

I doubt that a wet/dry vac has enough air flow to handle the amount of chips being generated by the planer.

Does it keep clear when running without vac connected?

If you absolutely must use the vac, try with very light cuts (1/64, or 1/32)

-- Joe

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 02:53 AM

The way I solve this when it happens is with the power off, take a stick and push on the stuck chips. Then turn on the planer without the shop vac attached. It should blow the clog out. I have only had it happen when a shop vac is attached and it usually meant that the vac filter needed to be changed or was under powered.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 02:54 AM

I think Joe might be right about the shop vac not having the airflow. I plane curly maple and jatoba with no problems. I did try planing with no DC once when my old DC broke. It left awful chatter marks and made a HUGE mess. I doubt it will help, but maybe you could try a 2.5” to 4” adapter and hook that up to your planer’s chute. Whatever happens, make sure you let us know what works to correct it. Good luck!

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 02:58 AM

Sounds like a vac problem rather than a planer problem. A stouter shop vac (Ridgid works best for me) or a dust collector with a higher flow rate should solve the clogging as you are not planing wet woods which is what causes my clogs.

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 03:43 AM

I have the Ridgid planer and use a wet-dry vac with it. I have planed pine, walnut, oak and some other mystery pallet wood, and never had any kind of clog. All of my lumber has been dried, and none of it produced the long curly shavings you speak of, just small chips. I will say I only take light passes as a rule, never more than half a turn on the crank at a time, which I believe is 1/32”.

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 06:24 AM

your probably right about the vacuum. I will do that with the stick after a couple of passes and see what happens, I usually do a 1/16th for my pass, I can it down to and see how that works, hopefully it will stop. thanks !

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#9 posted 07-16-2012 06:54 AM

yeah the vacum is probably to weak or you have to take a hair off at a time

Somtimes with my large planer I just let it shoot on the ground and move the piles with the bobcat when they get head high.spray it out with the compressor when it gets clogged what a damn mess

if the lumber is wet it will clog it faster might be a problem

if the vacum has one of those crosses to protect it from large debris break it out so the shavings can pass through.

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#10 posted 10-08-2012 01:23 AM

I know this is an old thread but… I came on tonight looking for the answer to this exact problem with my ridgid planer..I usually move the cutterhead down about 1/4 of a turn (1/64”) per pass but still get the stringy chips..Per everyone’s instructions I will make sure the Shop-Vac is clean and unclogged.

Thanks LJ for making finding answers easy!

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