Service Methods and Tips
Here's an easy 6-point maintenance plan that will assure greater efficiency and long-term, trouble-free operation for your Shopsmith Thickness Planer. If your Planer unusually hard, you will, of course, need to perform these maintenance procedures more often than this schedule indicates. For additional detailed procedures, check your Thickness Planer Owner's Manual.
Before starting any maintenance procedure, unplug the Planer and disconnect the Coupler from your MARK V's Auxiliary Spindle (if you're using your MARK V to power your Planer). If your Planer is mounted on its own Power Stand, be sure to unplug the power cord and remove the V-Belt from the Planer pulley.
Ever 1 hour of running time...
Inspect the feed rollers and roller arms for impacted wood chips. Use a stiff bristled brush (not a WIRE brush) to clean the rollers. An alcohol-dampened rag can be used to remove fine sawdust.
Use a good quality furniture paste wax to wax the Planer Table. Buff and remove any excess wax from the Table surface. It's important that you not over-wax, since sawdust can mix with the wax and discolor the wood you may be planing.
Every 5 hours of running time...
To prevent the build-up of rust, wax and buff the cutterhead and tie bars. CAUTION: Work carefully around the sharp knives to avoid injury.
Check all alignments and adjustments, including knife positions, thickness scale adjustment and synchronization of chain tension and roller pressure. See your Owner's Manual for proper specifications.
Every 100 hours of running time...
If you have tried these remedies and they didn’t work . . . or if you’re experiencing difficulties that are not listed here, feel free to call Shopsmith’s TOLL-FREE Technical Services Hotline (1-800-762-7555) for the answer or send an e-mail to Shopsmith Technical Support.
WARNING: Always unplug machine before making any adjustments or performing any maintenance procedures.