- 13 Mar 2022
- Reaction score
- Middle 'o Nowhere
Push sticks for planers too. Though you have to think about where you put the pressure exactly. Most essential at the end of a pass where you are suddenly exposed to the cutters. At this point you probably push horizontally rather than hold down.
With a big enough bird's mouth and 2 sticks you have 4 points to apply pressure - from above and/or the side as necessary.
I've never quite seen the point of push blocks - they mean leaning over the work and shortening your reach,
As for "correct" - it's a bit of an unknown it all depends on what you do and how you do it.
Even HSE don't claim to be "correct", but just advisory.
Push sticks are largely unuseful at the surface planer, generally, you want your pressure at the centre of a board and not at the end and an edge, the only time push sticks are useful at the surface planer, in my opinion, is in conjunction with shaw guards during rebating operations if the machine facilitates this.
As per the training manual, we were instructed to produce these ourselves and use them on the surface planer, generally used only on shorter pieces without bridge guard coverage of the cutter block so that you could pass the block through the entirety of the cut, longer pieces you can plane without any requirement for additional safety measures other than the bridge guard.