Seems the last time I jointed a few boards, some maple and poplar, everything was baby butt smooth and even. So I had some more maple I needed to joint and the edge did great but the side was horrible. The first thing I noticed after about 5-6 passes was the board was becoming a wedge. And then I noticed some ridges in the board. So I suspect the cutters, HSS, are dull and evidently have become out of alignment. Is that even possible the way they are installed? So that 5/4 maple board is not going to finish off at 1", no way. Should have checked sooner. The bearings don't sound bad and the amount of cut is light. I never do deep cuts on the jointer or planner. The fact that this 8" jointer is a 1969 model I think it's time to bite the bullet and get a Byrd Shelix head and get it on this jointer. I thought about that when I 1st bought it but......I took the cheaper rout and just replaced the blades. So rather than go down that route again I think seeing how I plan to keep the jointer just upgrade the cutter head and replace the bearings. I just don't look forward to getting the tables coplanar again.