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I supervise a woodshop that is open to the general public for either an hourly or monthly membership fee. As such the tools receive much abuse and therefore require constant maintainence. During the past several years as a shop rat I have found that many woodworkers breakdown into 2 categories: those who love tweaking their machines and those who would opt for dental work if given the choice. I belong to the first group, however my time is often comprised not only by the needs of the shop members, but those of clients I pick-up on the side. I just finished paralleling our 20 year old DJ-20 8 in. jointer which took some time but was well worth the headaches, aching knees and the grief testy clients gave me for postponing their projects. Now I'd like to solve the sniping problem on our 15HH Powermatc Planer. I considered asking Powermatic techs. about this only to learn from another shop super who already made similiar inquiries that Powermatic believes this sniping is within industry tolerances. In fact, according to the other super, their tech called the 15HH "snipey". Granted, bigger planers often snipe but typically this occurs only on the outfeed and not on the infeed as well. This is all a bit distressing espcially for a company of Powermatic's standing. So, before I attempt the standard fixes for this problem I thought I'd ask if anyone has found some ingenious alternative solution other than using our lunchbox DeWalt for the final pass. (We love that little DeWalt, but our ears thank us for the 15HH).
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thanks for advice on the powermatic snipe issue

it seems our bottom rollers were a bit high which is what we suspected....our attempt however, to address this issue was delayed by a new problem: our DJ-20's fence has frozen in the lock position and thus no angle adjustment is possible. It seems that the threaded clamp in the adjustment handle's assembly no longer engages the wedge that presses the shaft (on which fence rotates) against the sliding portion of the fence assembly. Anyone out there having faced a similiar problem? I'd rather ask you guys first before asking Delta. I love old Delta tools but over the past 3 years, any new Delta has been returned or is headed for the trash heap. The only Delta we have kept is the old 10 inch Unisaw, 14 inch bandsaw and DJ-20 all of which have, aside from typical maintainence, survived 15 years of public shop abuse. I just don't trust the Delta of today anymore. Just thought I might avoid losing a day on the phone with some tech. by asking if anyone has encountered a similiar problem.
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merry christmas and thanks for having me.
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