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HEY GUYS I HAVE A DELTA 13" THICKNESS PLANER AND I JUST RAN A PIECE OF OAK THROUGH IT AND ON THE SURFACE OF THE WOOD (ABOUT 2-1/2" INTO THE SHAVE) IS PUTTING A "STEP" IN THE SURFACE. IT ALSO IS PUTTING THIS STEP ABOUT 1-1/2" AT THE OPPOSITE END AS WELL. SO GOING IN AND COMING OUT IT LEAVES THIS NOTCH........... WHAT CAUSES THIS? MY INFEED AND OUTFEED TABLE SEEM TO BE LEVEL WITH EACH OTHER. NOW THE STEP IS VERY MINOR BUT NOTICEABLE. WHAT CAUSES THIS AND HOW CAN IT BE FIXED?
 

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Hey Reds, this happens when the wood passes one roller and is cut by the cutter. Once the wood reaches the second roller, it evens out. The same thing happens on the outfeed end. Some say to feed the board in at an angle, but this has never helped me. I just give the board a little lift as it goes into the roller, and as it comes out of the second roller. It takes a little practice and still leaves a little "step", but a light hit with the sander and you're good to go. I'm sure some of the veterans will have some ideas, but I don't know of any way to totally eliminate this problem.
Good luck,
Kevin
 

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This is called "Sniping". It is common in most portable planers. It may even occur with larger planers. Cut your stock about 3 inches long on both end first. Also, you can put some waste stock in first and after your stock that is being used.
 
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