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Old 02-12-2008, 09:31 PM  
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What do you guys do and what do you use to clean the infeed and outfeed rollers on your planers?. I seem to have a build up of what seams to be hard small chunks of sawdust. I have the delta 12-1/2"



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Old 02-13-2008, 10:39 AM  
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Daryl,
I've got the 13" Delta. I've tried using a vacuum, air pressure, and a rag, but what seems to work best for me is tape. I just ball up some of the blue painters tape and use it like a lint brush. It works O.K., but I still have some problems with feeding large stock. I probably need to adjust the height of the rollers again...which, of course, isn't very fun.



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Hey Daryl:
You could use a liberal dose of turpentine or mineral spirits to soften the lignin in the sawdust and wipe it off with a rag.
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Brake clean cleans all. Just don't breath the stuff. Then some carnuba wax, helps in the longrun from rustin also.

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Just wonderin, will stain and paint stick to wax?

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Thanks guys. The rollers are not metal or at least the outside of them isn't so I was worried about using heavy cleaner that it might hurt them.

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Daryl,

I've got that same thickness planer. My issue is that the rubber coating on the feed rollers has started to deteriorate, a couple cracks, etc.

I would guess the "rubber" is something like buna/nitrile rubber.
Looking up chemical compatibility for buna indicates Isopropyl alcohol is "good"
for mineral spirits what reference I have indicates "excellent" compatibility.

However if they are natural rubber, then the mineral spirits shows a "severe effect do not use"

I'd try a quick wipe with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) and see if it loosens the residue.

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Daryl,

I've got that same thickness planer. My issue is that the rubber coating on the feed rollers has started to deteriorate, a couple cracks, etc.

I would guess the "rubber" is something like buna/nitrile rubber.
Looking up chemical compatibility for buna indicates Isopropyl alcohol is "good"
for mineral spirits what reference I have indicates "excellent" compatibility.

However if they are natural rubber, then the mineral spirits shows a "severe effect do not use"

I'd try a quick wipe with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) and see if it loosens the residue.
Thanks everyone, I will attack it today, I will go over them with masking tape as Hack suggested and then go over them with alcohol (isopropyl).
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Thanks everyone, I will attack it today, I will go over them with masking tape as Hack suggested and then go over them with alcohol (isopropyl).
Did it work, Daryl??? Inquiring minds want to know
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No it did not. It seems that the planer is throwing the dust and particles down so its getting squashed between the rollers and the board. Next thing I am going to do it pull apart the planer and do a super cleaning and then take the dust collection setup off and try it again. If it works I will then put the dust collection setup back on and see. If this all works "GREAT" but if it does not I will have to evaluate the dust collection attachment that the planner came with to see if that's the problem. Lots to evaluate here. I do not want to run out and buy new rollers till I have exhausted all the avenues first and as they say " One step at a time". I will keep you posted.



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