Startrite pt260 roller spring tension

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jam3s

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Hello all

I have just bought a startrite pt260 but I am finding it engages fine when the bed is set lower than the blade however when setting the correct thickness
You have to push the material into the rollers for it to engage.

I have cleaned the bed and the material picks up fine when set lower than the cutter but to engage the cutter you really have to push.

Currently wondering if losing the spring tension would allow the machine to pick the wood up without pushing?



Thanks
James
 
Sorry just to some more info wondering in the picture if I need to loosen 251 and 269 to reduce the pressure to engage the infeed rolleders
 

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Hiya, I have a PT260 and you do need to push the workpiece into the infeed roller in-effect lifting the roller up a tad and thus engaging it for it to self-feed through the thicknesser.
I've used numerous other PT's in my time and they all work similarly, and with mine if you do set to thickness a very fine shaving pass you quite likely will end up with marks on the planed surface due to the serrated feed-roller indenting the timber surface.
Obviously adjusting the spring tensions on the feed roller will lessen this however you'll reach a point where the pressure is so low that larger pieces will not auto-feed reliably, even if you wax the thicknesser bed
 
Hiya, I have a PT260 and you do need to push the workpiece into the infeed roller in-effect lifting the roller up a tad and thus engaging it for it to self-feed through the thicknesser.
I've used numerous other PT's in my time and they all work similarly, and with mine if you do set to thickness a very fine shaving pass you quite likely will end up with marks on the planed surface due to the serrated feed-roller indenting the timber surface.
Obviously adjusting the spring tensions on the feed roller will lessen this however you'll reach a point where the pressure is so low that larger pieces will not auto-feed reliably, even if you wax the thicknesser bed
Ah thank you. Do you know how far the bolts on the springs are set on your infeed? Just wondering if someone has tightened them at some point in its life on my machine
 
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Can I ask where you purchased the planer as we got rid of ours at work a few months ago, it went to auction at a company in Malmesbury.

As for the spring tension, by correct thickness are you going with the scale on the side?
 
apologies forgot to post these, front and rear taken from the outfeed end so bolts/springs of interest are furthest away from camera
so maybe infeed are under more pressure than outfeed assuming all springs are equal....
front.jpg
rear.jpg
 
Have you got an extractor connected, looks like a lot of shavings hanging around, which wont help.

Ignore this, thought it was picture of @jam3s machine..
 
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apologies forgot to post these, front and rear taken from the outfeed end so bolts/springs of interest are furthest away from camera
so maybe infeed are under more pressure than outfeed assuming all springs are equal....
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Thank you soo much. On my machine the nuts are quarter up the bolt so makes sense why it's not picking up the wood easily

Thank you again
 
Before adjusting the spring tension which is rarely an issue, have you lubricated the surface of the thicknessing bed at all?
Already cleaned the table and seems to be picking up nicely when the depth is set lower.

Looking at the difference in photos someone has done up the springs far tighter than required.
 

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