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Top Tips for Using a Planer Thicknesser

August 07, 2019 2 min read

A key part of any woodworking set-up is a planer thicknesser. These valuable machines allow you to plane wooden materials to a precise thickness, depending on the job at hand. In addition, they can also be used to straighten previously bent wooden boards or materials. This combination of functions makes this machine well-loved and well-used within woodwork.

Of course, to get the most out of using it then you might need a few tips to get started. If you are thinking of buying one, then the below advice is worth taking in first.

Don’t wear loose clothing when in use

As when using any machinery in your woodworking studio, remember to avoid wearing any loose clothing when using it. This will stop any trailing garments getting caught in the machine which could then potentially lead to serious injury. You certainly do not want to feed a piece of wood into the machine and find it pulling you in as well!

Protect your eyes

Safety is naturally a pressing concern when working with machinery – protecting your eyes is another great tip with this in mind. Doing this will not only stop dust from getting into them but also ensure you can always see clearly. Standard safety goggles are fine here and are something you should definitely wear.

Regular lubrication

As the thicknesser comprises of moving parts, it is key to keep the unit well lubricated. Doing this will help to stop any parts getting damaged when moving against each other while also ensuring the machine works to its full potential. Failing to keep your thicknesser lubricated could see parts fail or seize up to put it out of action. You could use oil but many machines now also respond well to dry lubricants.

Replace or sharpen blunt blades

You need sharp blades on your thicknesser to avoid any ripples in the wood and give the best results. It is worth keeping an eye on this so you can spot when any blades are becoming blunt. When this happens, it is usually best to send them off to a professional sharpening company to resolve. If they are too worn out though then you may have to buy new planer blades.

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If after reading the above you are ready to buy a planer thicknesser, give us a call today. We have a great selection of machines in stock from the best manufacturers around. Get in touch for more information or advice.