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Planer Kick Back

What are the primary causes of a board getting kicked back when feeding it through a planer? The blades are relatively brand new...Iíve only run a few cutting boards through...

The only thing I can think of is I was trying to take too big of a bite.


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One thing Iíve read is to chamfer the leading edge so the blades donít catch it on the initial passes.


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I have 3 thickness planers, never had a kickback ...

Taking too big of a cut should just stall the motor.
The anti-kickback pawls are not working.
The feed roller is dirty and starts and stop during a pass.
The tables are not in the same plane on either side of the machine housing.
A table on one side is loose.
The knives are dull or misaligned, one set being too high.
The belt is slipping.
The wood has hard and soft spots like knots and such ....
I have no clue.......
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Taking too big of a cut should just stall the motor.

The anti-kickback pawls are not working.

The feed roller is dirty and starts and stop during a pass.

The tables are not in the same plane on either side of the machine housing.

A table on one side is loose.

The knives are dull or misaligned, one set being too high.

The belt is slipping.

The wood has hard and soft spots like knots and such ....

I have no clue.......


Ok. Guess I have some troubleshooting to do.


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Buy a new planer? You might call the manufacturer and see what they have to say.

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I have that problem with a Delta planer. The guides which hold the ends of the feed rollers get dirty and they stick in the up position where it's suppose to be pushing down on the wood.
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I have 60 years using planers and never had that happen , contact the mfg. and let us know what their answer is, i know i'm interested.
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Our current planner is a 24" Cressent from just before WWII...If it "kicked back" as described someone would be dead or in the hospital!!! I would not use it without speaking to the dealer.

I have to second what CanaryWood1 wrote...I've never seen a planner "kick back" they tend to only stall out. I have seen blades misaligned and cause something like "kickback"...Very dangerous...

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What are you planing? End grain perhaps?
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A piece of wood too short will kick back most times and can break your wrist, I have seen it happen to a buddy.

Had a thought, if the infeed table is too low, the piece of wood will ride up on the infeed end and catch a blade and kick back also.

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Based on how planers work, I would hazard a guess that your infeed rollers are not putting much pressure on the board. I know that mine are adjustable. You should look at them to see if they are holding the board tightly to the bed.
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