Thickness Planer Tune-Up
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your Shopsmith Thickness Planer for optimal performance:
the Shopsmith Thickness Planer may not be one of the most
frequently used tools in your shop, Planers are complex machines
that take a lot of punishment. In addition, they do require
a bit more lubrication than most machines, as well as frequent
cleaning. Here's what we suggest:
are the components:
Roller Arm Bushings (at either end of the Rollers)
Mounting Post Bushings (in the Tie Bars)
threads of the Mounting Posts
Synchronizing Chain must be lubricated with 10W machine
oil. Wipe the entire chain with an oily rag...then
wipe again with a clean rag to remove any excess oil.
The Cutterhead Bearings are sealed and require no lubrication.
As you work with your Planer, dust and pitch will accumulate
in many locations. It's important (especially in a garage
or damp basement environment) that you keep your Planer fairly
clean and free of accumulated dust...as this can attract moisture
and create rust. For that reason, it's always a good idea
to use a shop vacuum and air hose to remove as much of this
excess dust as possible after each use.
three to four months, you should use a top quality furniture
paste wax to coat the Table, Tie Bars, and Cutterhead.
Be careful not to use too much wax, and be certain to buff
everything out thoroughly. environment on the Tires, Blade
Guides and Blades, affecting your machine's performance. Fine
sawdust will dry out bearings and cause them to wear prematurely
- and pitch on Blades, Blade Guides and Tires.
recommend that you use a stiff bristle brush (discarded "firm"
toothbrushes are ideal for this) and mineral spirits to remove
impacted dust from Tires, Guides, Blades
Knife Sharpening - No Knives will last forever. Eventually,
your Knives will dull to the point where they will have
to be sharpened or replaced. Your Manual includes step-by-step
procedures for proper Knife removal, sharpening and re-installation.
Planer/Jointer Knife Sharpener makes easy work of this
task. Or, as an alternative, you can have them sharpened
Here is our suggested maintenance schedule for your Shopsmith
Thickness Planer. In all cases "Hours" means hours of running
If you notice an unusual noise or vibration, stop the
machine immediately and check the Locking Screws, Bearings,
Knife positions and other adjustments. Do NOT operate
your Planer until you have corrected the problem.
Every 1 hour of running time, brush/blow out the
5 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - clean the pitch
from the Cutterhead. Wax the Tie Bars and Cutterhead. Inspect
the Knives and sharpen or re-grind, if necessary.
10 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - Check Knife
positions, Knife Mounting Screws and Wedges. Check Thickness
Scale alignment. Check and adjust (if required) Synchronizing
Chain tension and Roller pressure.
100 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - Lubricate
Synchronizing Chain, Roller Arm Bushings, Mounting Post
Bushings and Mounting Post threads.
If you're having problems with your Shopsmith Planer, start
by referring to the Troubleshooting Chart in your Owner's
Manual. If you are unable to find the solution to your problem
there...or of you don't have an Owner's Manual, please feel
free to call our TOLL-FREE Technical Services Hotline
at 1-800-762-7555 for assistance.