How to Replace the Blades on a Hand-Held Planer
For a planer to do its job, you need to make sure the blades are as sharp as can be. This article will walk you through the steps needed to change your Planer blades so you always get the best perform...
Electric Power Tool Parts 101
This article defines the basic parts of most power tools, explains how they work, and what to look for when they stop working.
My Delta planer is about 5 years old and has worked very well for my purposes. It now does not start. When the problem first presented, it started, stopped, and restarted when I would work the switch. I have taken the switch apart, cleaned, and reassembled. It still does not start. Can you help me with this?
I have heard of people trying to take this style of switch apart before, once they go bad there is really nothing you can do about it. They look simple enough inside but, they are just not repairable. The best thing to do is to replace the switch. It a cheap and quick fix to get you planer going again.
Snipe is deeper cuts left by a planer at the ends of a piece of lumber. It is caused by the lumber only being supported by one of the feed rollers as the board first enters the planer and then by only one roller as it exits the planer. I am guessing the problem you are seeing in the middle of the board is a series of ripples spaced about 1/4" to 3/8" apart. The ripples are almost always caused by one of the knives in the cutterhead being set lower than the other. The low knife cuts a little more wood than the other and leaves the ripple.