17.4.2 Planer Safety

Follow these safety guidelines for working with planers:

  1. Examine wood for knots and other defects before placing it in the planer.
  2. Do not plane against the grain of the wood.
  3. Let go of the materials as the feeder rolls catch. Do not follow the work with your hands.
  4. Do not run boards that are more than 2 inches shorter than the distance between the infeed and outfeed rolls.
  5. Use a push stick if a board stops with its end on the infeed table.
  6. If a board sticks under the cutter head, turn off the machine to keep from burning the cutter knives.

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