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Looking for any reccomandations on an 18" planer. I've got a 7 year old NorthTech 20" with helixical cutterhead with inserts.it's just not as fine of a finish as i'd like. The biggest problem is when I'm running face frame edges...even stacked 5-6 pieces wide..with the segmented feed rollers, it tends to pull them out of square. I do miss my old makita planer for that application, but i'm thinking it'd be about 800 just for parts to get that old beast up and running again...ideas?
You Folks need to check out Festool Products plate joiners and become a master at joinery.
Thanks for all the help so far. Here's what I found when I removed the housings for the roller drive and the cutters. The rollers have a bicycle-chain drive with sprockets, etc. When I sent a stick of pine through, as soon as the cutters engaged the full width of the wood (about 2-3 inches), the wood stopped moving even though the chain driving the feed rollers was still moving exactly as when I first turned the machine on.
There's no doubt that the cutters could use sharpening, so I'll do that an see what happens. Any tips on reinstalling them so that they're all parallel?
Thanks again, and be well,
I'll do as you suggest and let you know how it turns out. Is naphtha better than mineral spirits for something like this? Don't usually keep naphtha around, since it's pretty flammable.
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