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overloaded. Reduce the pressure (feed
rate) or depth of cut to prevent possible
damage to the tool if the motor labors.
▶ Depth Of Cut And Feed Rate
The cutting depth (planing depth) is
determined by the difference in height
between the adjustable front shoe and
the fixed rear shoe of the planer. The
depth knob adjusts the front shoe,
which retracts and exposes the blade
and determines the amount of material
removed from the workpiece. The
cutting depth range is from 0 to 1/16"
(1.5 mm) per pass. (Fig. 1)
The appropriate depth of cut and feed
rate depends on the workpiece material:
To avoid clogging and/or damage to the
motor, a thinner cut and/or a slower
feed rate may be needed if the material
has any of these characteristics:
hardness; gumminess, sappiness,
moisture, paint, varnish and/or knots.
Also, when planing against the grain or
across the grain rather than with the
grain, a shallower cut and/or slower
feed rate is required. Whenever
possible, test by planing a similar piece
of scrap material.
Use multiple, progressive cuts to
achieve the total desired depth.
Start with a thin cut. If the planer moves
freely through the workpiece with no
excessive load on the motor, the depth
setting can be increased before the next
When near the desired total depth, re-
adjust the planing depth to a thin
setting for the final cut to obtain a good
Adjusting the Depth of Cut: Rotate
depth adjustment knob until the
indicator is aligned with the desired
cutting depth on the depth scale (Fig.
▶ Planer Stand
The planer stand automatically springs
down to help keep the blade from
coming in contact with the work surface
when planer is not in use (Fig. 8). The
planer stand is designed to swing up
and out of the way by it itself when the
back of the planer crosses the leading
edge of the workpiece (Fig. 6). It will
▶ Beveling Edges
also swing up when planing begins in
the middle of the work piece (in from
the edge of the work piece).
The V-groove in the front planer base
plate allow quick and easy beveling of
workpiece edges. (Fig. 9).
Although all of the compatible Bosch
planer guide fences can be used with
the PL1632 for rabbeting (sometimes
called "shiplapping"), the best fence for
this purpose is the optional dual-mount