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Well i have finally decided to post about my Fox (f22-565) 10" planer/thicknesser
and the problems I had getting it to thickness correctly.



The drive rollers are held down by strong springs and driven from the side
by sprocket and chain assembly which is also held in tension by a spring.



It has been mentioned before[Thread] that this spring was considered too stiff so
I quickly replaced it with a similar length spring from CISdirect.co.uk but
with smaller wire gauge (ST579 15.88mm OD x 1.63 mm Wire x 76.2mm)
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The Blades are set 4 mm higher than the rollers and It was still very hard to force
the drive roller up and most wood went uncut.



I removed the holding springs and tested them and found i needed about 2Kg for each
mm of movement. So for both springs together about 20Kg to move the roller up the 5mm
to allow the Blades to cut 1mm of wood. I could only think that this batch of Planers
had been supplied with slightly over sized springs. So back to CISDirect to order
springs of 1.14Kg/mm stiffness (S116) But while I waited for them I could raise the rollers
slightly using 2mm rubber washers. This much improved the situation.


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Turning to the outfeed roller i discovered that the protective plate
had been made too short and was holding the roller down.



This had to be altered by removing the corner.



Now all the rollers were free to move under firm hand pressure and only had to rise 3mm
for the wood to be cut. In fact it is thicknessing so well at the moment that i haven't
been required to replace the main springs yet.

Overall I think the finish is very good but given the alterations I've had to make
and the cheap design of the Fence holder and Guard I would consider
the extra £300 for a Scheppach given a second chance.
But If £550 is really your limit then be prepared to tinker a bit.
 

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Glad you got to the bottom of your problems! Pity you should have to get stuck in but at least your o.k. now.
Regards
Philly :D
 
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Nicely done tintin. Glad it is working now.

Why did you not ask Jet for new springs though?
 

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Thanks, thats a useful looking set of modifications you've made. [Must try to remember the thread now, if anyone else asks a similar question!]

Adam
 
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Actually my first thought was to send it back but the idea of
moving the 170KG through the house (Twice more) was more
than enough to overcome spending £8 on springs.

Also asking the distributor would have taken months of emails
and they may just have past me on to the manufacture...

My Chinese is very limited ......35 57 89 and prawn crackers. :D
 
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Anonymous

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Jet/Fox both 3 letters - and I am getting old :oops:

why did you not ask .........
 

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Tintin tomorrow i will be mostly checking my fox p/t .I am impressed with the photo taken from the bed looking up to the drum and rollers that must have been hard to do but its very helpful thanks for all the info.
 

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I posted info on this problem with the Fox planer, complete with photo's and the cure some time back.
 
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Yes the link to that thread is in the first post and it initially gave me the idea that all the springs could be too stiff...Cheers.
 

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