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I have a Wen 13" Planer (Model # 6552. It cuts thicker on the left side that it does the right. Does anyone know how to level it up? I don't know if it is the head that is off or is it the granite base.


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Send a piece of MDF that's as wide as the bed of the planer through until it cuts the whole surface. Glue the MDF to the bed in the same way you sent it through. Boom, bed and cutter are perfectly aligned.

That's what I did with my delta. Probably not the 'right' way, but took me a whole 5 minutes

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did that dull the knives?

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Send a piece of MDF that's as wide as the bed of the planer through until it cuts the whole surface. Glue the MDF to the bed in the same way you sent it through. Boom, bed and cutter are perfectly aligned.

That's what I did with my delta. Probably not the 'right' way, but took me a whole 5 minutes
I agree with the idea, I just don't think MDF is the correct material to run through a planer with all the glue and bonding agents which would dull the knives.

I would run some Maple or other hardwood through and measure the difference side to side. Half the difference is what needs to happen either on the cutter head or the table. The low side needs to come or vice versa. There must be some means of adjusting it....? If there is no apparent means to adjust it you now have a perfect new table surface. Just wax it and double sticky tape it in place.

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Is it possible that the knives are just crooked?
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Send a piece of MDF that's as wide as the bed of the planer through until it cuts the whole surface. Glue the MDF to the bed in the same way you sent it through. Boom, bed and cutter are perfectly aligned.

That's what I did with my delta. Probably not the 'right' way, but took me a whole 5 minutes

Thanks for the reply and the idea. I would have never thought pf that. You guys a geniuses. :)

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I agree with the idea, I just don't think MDF is the correct material to run through a planer with all the glue and bonding agents which would dull the knives.

I would run some Maple or other hardwood through and measure the difference side to side. Half the difference is what needs to happen either on the cutter head or the table. The low side needs to come or vice versa. There must be some means of adjusting it....? If there is no apparent means to adjust it you now have a perfect new table surface. Just wax it and double sticky tape it in place.
Thanks for the reply. I didn't see anyway to adjust it but I will take another look tomorrow.

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Is it possible that the knives are just crooked?
Thanks for the reply and suggestion.

I guess that could be, I don't know if you can put them in crooked. They are from the factory so I will have to take a look at that too.


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I agree with the idea, I just don't think MDF is the correct material to run through a planer with all the glue and bonding agents which would dull the knives.

I would run some Maple or other hardwood through and measure the difference side to side. Half the difference is what needs to happen either on the cutter head or the table. The low side needs to come or vice versa. There must be some means of adjusting it....? If there is no apparent means to adjust it you now have a perfect new table surface. Just wax it and double sticky tape it in place.
I thought that too before I did it, but turns out it had no noticeable effect on the blades. Now, I wouldn't recommend running a full kitchen cabinets worth of MDF through one, but a 1x2' piece didn't kill mine. YMMV of course.

There probably is a way to actually adjust the lifting mechanism if needed, I know my way isn't the 'correct' way. On my planer though, correcting the problem would've involved disassembly of half the planer to get to the lifting screws and de-couple them to only move one side, then reassemble, test cut, rinse and repeat until the results are correct. Personally, that's too much work. Even if it did kill my knives, I'd rather flip them (double sided blades are fun), or just eat the $20 to save the 6 hours it'd take

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Good Morning,

I went out to take another look at the planer bed. Are the three screws I have circled for leveling?

Dumb question. On running a piece of MDF through the planer for leveling. Do I need to flip it over when I put it back in?

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Good Morning,

I went out to take another look at the planer bed. Are the three screws I have circled for leveling?

Dumb question. On running a piece of MDF through the planer for leveling. Do I need to flip it over when I put it back in?

Thanks,

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Nope, put it back the exact same way it came out. This is important, if you absentmindedly flip it all you'll end up doing is magnifying the error

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Nope, put it back the exact same way it came out. This is important, if you absentmindedly flip it all you'll end up doing is magnifying the error
Thanks for the info. That is the way it came so nothing to put back together.


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