Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: N Central Arkansas (Ozarks)
Feed Problem with Rockwell 22-401 Planer
I have a 35+ year old Rockwell 13" planer, model 22-401, that has decided that it doesn't want to feed hardwoods. It feeds softwood just fine. The machine wasn't new when I got it back in the 70's but it was and is in good shape. I've run quite a bit of wood (both hard and soft) through it, but only last year had to sharpen the blades for the first time. The in and out-feed tables are clean and slick, but nothing I can do will get the machine to feed the oak I'm needing to mill. I'm starting with rough sawn, air dried stock, but I've tried jointing one side and even belt sanding both sides with no success. I don't know what to think is wrong unless the feed roller is worn and loosing it's grip. Can anyone tell me what the problem is and how I might fix it? This has been a workhorse machine for me and I'm not in the position to replace it.