Keep Those Rollers On Your Planer Clean
As anybody that reads my threads and/or posts knows that my shop sets near large cotton fields and so keeping dust and dirt out of the shop is, for now anyway, impossible. One of the worse problems with this is that the rollers on my planer were constantly needing to be cleaned in order for them to work properly, by that I mean being able to smoothly move workpieces through the machine. A few weeks ago I tried the following. After cleaning the rollers I folded a towel and laid it on the table of the planer. After doing so, I lowered the head of the planer down firmly onto the towel and covered the planer with an old sheet. Since doing this I have needed to use the planer several times and each time the planer has worked fine. When I finish the work with the machine I protect the rollers with the method described above and so far, the frequent cleaning has not been an issue. Don't know yet how long the macHine will work before I do have to clean the rollers again.
The way I have been cleaning the rollers is to use paint thinner on a rag to wipe them with. I have to bump the on/off switch several times to get the roller to stop in a position so that I can wipe each part of the surface of each roller.
WARNING, UNDER ABSOLUTELY NO CIRCUMSTANCE TRY TO WIPE THE ROLLERS WHEN THE PLANER IS RUNNING. That should go without saying but I sure wouldn't want to be responsible for anyone getting into a serious accident when cleaning the rollers.
I recall reading about a man that had bought a planer just like mine, a Dewalt 734, and he said that planer had worked fine for a short time but quit pulling the stock through the planner and Dewalt exchanged it with a new machine but in a short time the problem began again. To me, it is obvious that the rollers were just getting dirty and so they can't work properly.
Nuff said on this subject, once again the subject matter is of no value to the majority of the members on the forum, but if even one person is not familiar with the issue and is having trouble with the feed on their planer, this thread might just be of value.