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To ensure an even cut, it is important that the
blade is adjusted so that it aligns with the
outside edge of the front and rear shoes.
This alignment can be done as follows: place
a straight edge or a piece of wood along the
outside surface of the front shoe and rear
shoe, then slide the planer blade to just
contact the straight edge or wood (Fig. 5).
Make sure the blade sits correctly in the
holder groove of the cutter drum.
You may then tighten the clamping screws
which secure the blade and your planer is
ready for use.
TRIGGER "ON/OFF" SWITCH
Hold the tool with both
hands while starting the
tool, since torque from the motor can
cause the tool to twist.
To turn tool "ON": depress the "Lock-Off"
release button from either side and squeeze
the trigger switch.
To turn the tool "OFF": release the trigger
switch and it will return to "OFF" position
To increase switch life, do not turn switch on
and off while tool and drum are held against a
Proper planing action helps to achieve the
desired result. With practice and experience, it
will become second nature. Make sure that the
workpiece is held in place securely on your
work surface, and standing comfortably, hold
the planer firmly with both hands.
1. With the planer fully adjusted, place the front
shoe on the workpiece, (be certain that the
blade drum is not in contact with the work)
and start the planer as described earlier.
2. With pressure on the front shoe, and the
fence against the side of the work (to control
the width or angle,) feed the planer steadily
until the full length of the rear shoe passes
over the edge of the workpiece. (Fig. 6)
3. Then gradually transfer pressure to the rear
shoe, and continue planing to the end of the
4. If pressure is not maintained over the rear
shoe through the end of the cut, a divot may
be created in the workpiece once the front
shoe clear the end of the workpiece. To
minimize this possibility, use a 3-way edge
clamp to hold a piece of scrap wood (at
least 1-1/2" (38 mm) thick) on the end of the
workpiece, aligned with the surface to be
planed. Doing this moves the location of a
potential divot off the workpiece and on to
the piece of scrap wood.
5. Feed the planer at a uniform and reasonable
rate that does not put excessive strain on
the motor or blades, (do not pull the planer
back over the surface already cut.)
6. Use progressive cuts until you are near the
desired depth, and then re-adjust to a thin
cut for the final pass to obtain a good
overloaded. Reduce the pressure (feed rate)
or depth of cut to prevent possible damage to
the tool if the motor labors.
The motor may stall if