Using the Helical Planer
The planing operation generates a large amount of chips. When using a planer, connect it to a dust collector or a large bin, instead of a dust extractor or vacuum.
Operating a planer is more than just feeding the boards through the planer. These are some of the techniques that can help you get your boards properly processed to the desired thicknesses:
- Always feed the work with the grain to prevent tear-outs. (Photos 3)
- Where possible, remove equal amount of material from both sides of the lumber.
- Reduce waste by planing the rough lumber in its full length before trimming its ends (Photo 4)
Photo 3 – The roller and cutters rotate counter-clockwise and clockwise respectively, in opposite directions. The feeding direction is opposite to the grain direction.
Photo 4 – Any snipes on the board will be removed when the rough ends are trimmed off