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Thread: Hammer A3 planer problems.

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    Hammer A3 planer problems.

    I have a new hammer J/P combo machine and I am having some problems with it. When planing wood, I cant get the wood to feed through consistently. Often the piece will go half way in and then slip or kick off to an angle. Any idea why this would be and what I can do to fix it? I am thinking the outfeed roller is probably a little too high and fails to fight the helix cutter head.

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    I would start by checking the height and alignment of the feed rollers, chip breaker, and pressure bar.

    --Geoff

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    Simplest thing first.... Wax the table. And see what happens.

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    Yes, waxing the table is surprisingly important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Orbine View Post
    Simplest thing first.... Wax the table. And see what happens.
    Ditto.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    As others have said, wax the tables on the planer and the jointer.

    If you don't want to use wax Felder sell a lubricant that you spray on before using the planer......I use wax.

    Regards, Rod.

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    Dumb question alert: Have you engaged the feed roller lever at the bottom of the machine?

    +100: waxing helps remarkably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Orbine View Post
    Simplest thing first.... Wax the table. And see what happens.
    How often do I need to wax? I did put paste wax on it, but find it is hard to get a good wax job since the iron isn't milled as smooth as some of my other machines (table saw, bandsaw, etc.) The Hammer cast iron is kind of grainy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prashun Patel View Post
    Dumb question alert: Have you engaged the feed roller lever at the bottom of the machine?

    +100: waxing helps remarkably.
    Yes the feed roller lever is engaged.

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    I wax my planer bed before any big planing session.

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    Frequency of waxing kind of depends on how much planing you're doing. In my case, I wax before a big planing session, like Mark, or when I see some telltale signs that it's needed. I might go a month or two in between waxings, again it depends on how much volume your planer is seeing. Some wood species are higher friction by nature than others. White oak comes to mind.
    I use good old Johnson's paste wax.

    It's a great machine, I've been very happy with it. You'll find a lot of good advice here in old discussion threads.

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    Use this product, works great, quicker and easier than waxing.

    http://us.feldershop.com/en-US/en-US...per-Glide.html

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