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Thread: General 130 Planner Adjustment

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    Default General 130 Planner Adjustment

    I recently purchased a used General 130 planner at an auction. The planner had a 3 phase motor so this week-end I replaced the motor with a Leeson single phase motor and also installed a new motor starter. Today I ran the first piece of wood(cedar) through the planner for a test cut. The infeed roller seems to really grap the wood and tends to want to make the trailing end of the board jump up.

    I assume the in-feed roller needs adjusting but I also noticed that the roller is locked solid, when I pull up on it, even with the spring tension screws backed off all the way. Is this normal? I assumed that when I pull up on the roller I should be able to over come the spring tension and move the roller upward a small amount.

    All advise will be appreciated.

    Here is a pic of the planner.

    PlanerSmall0001.jpg

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    Default Re: General 130 Planner Adjustment

    sounds like the bed rollers are set too high.

    hobby woodworking since 1972

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    Default Re: General 130 Planner Adjustment

    Maybe the original springs were replaced for more pressure---there should be some give in the roller--otherwise too much downpressure on the material.
    "Born 50 years too late"

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    Default Re: General 130 Planner Adjustment

    You suck Larry!

    Proper set-up is essential to get good performance. You can adjust your planner specifically for hardwood or softwood use, but most settle for middle ground.

    Here is a great article to help you understand and set up your "new" planner:

    http://wiki.owwm.com/Getting%20Peak%...rformance.ashx

    Hope this helps,
    Joseph

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    Default Re: General 130 Planner Adjustment

    I bought a General 130 planer in 1981. Adjusting it was always a pain, until I used Robert Vaughan's technique after I read it in Fine Woodworking Magazine. (SEE: Joseph's post ) I made the dial indicator devices he described and followed his instructions. It made a big difference. The manual that General provided was never much help in adjusting this planer.

    I have run thousands of board feet of lumber through it over the years without it requiring any maintenance besides lubricating and adjusting. This machine is a testament to the high regard that General machines have.

    Garth

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    Default Re: General 130 Planner Adjustment

    Thanks for the help. I downloaded that article and will use it to adjust the planer this week-end. In regards to the in-feed roller spring pressure, even though the rollers are difficult to move upward by hand pressure, they move easily with the roller height adjustment screws so I think all they require is proper height adjustment.

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