Knife changes aren’t too bad on benchtop planers, except for the eleventy billion bolts you have to take out of each knife. Times two or three to get ALL the knives changed. Wanna learn how to change planer blades faster, and easier?
Eliminate hand work
Most benchtop planers come with some kind of wrench that the manufacturer has provided to get the bolts in and out. This works, but there are so many bolts holding each knife in place. The good news is that you can get any kind of driver you need for your cordless drill, and make this whole thing go a lot faster.
When it comes time to figure out how to change planer blades on your machine, start by looking at the fasteners holding the knives in place. They might be hex head, torx, Allen head, etc. Get the right driver tip for your cordless drill. I don’t mind using an impact driver to take the bolts out, but I don’t drive them back in with an impact driver. Unless it has a clutch. It would be REALLY bad to snap one of those bolts off, and that’s too likely with an impact driver. Use a driver with a clutch, and get the clutch to right setting to drive, but not over drive, the bolts. Easy peezy.
Be safe with that machine
Once you’ve got the knives changed, let’s make sure you’re using the planer safely. Have a look at WWGOA’s planer safety tips to double check the way you’re running your machine.
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