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Baffled About How to Use the Swix Economy Sidewall Planer???

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I have recently purchased this sidewall planer, as I have heard very good things about it and wanted to fully upgrade my tuning equipment. --http://www.artechski.com/Swix-Economy-Sidewall-Planer-7122.aspx . I am very used to waxing, sharpening, etc. but using a sidewall planer is new to me and the only thing I know is to pull it towards you. There are some intructions on the packaging, but they are poor. I know how to control how far the blade goes out from the tool itself, but I am very confused by how to adjust how deep the blade goes down. I tried twisting the screw on the top as shown in the instructions, but i didn't see it go down or up at all. It seemed useless... however I really want to know what I am doing wrong as I would hate to accidentally tear out a big chunk of the sidewall by not knowing how to adjust the blade th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #2 of 5

The tip of that screw rides along the edge, thus controlling the distance between the cutter and the edge.

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When I twist the top screw, I see the blade moving nowhere. In fact it doesn't even seem to be connected to anything, haha. The screw in back definitely works though. The more I twist that one, the farther the blade goes out. I'm just trying to figure out how to control the deepness of the cutter, so I can either cut more or less of the sidewall.

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I don't have that sidewall planer but I believe this is how that one works:

 

The top screw - green arrows - sets the height of the blade on the vertical plane.  It has no contact with the blade.  It contacts the skis side edge (see solid green arrow).  It will not make any changes until it's touching the ski's edge.  It lifts or drops one end to raise or lower the blade when on the ski.

 

The blade is controlled by the black nob (blue arrows) and sets the depth (from the bottom of the base towards the top sheet) on the horizontalish plane.  I say horizontalish because on mine it travels diagonally and not just in and out.  Not sure how this one travels.  Either way, same effect.

 

swix side wall planer.jpg

 

Easiest thing to do is set it in place on the ski and turn the two adjustments until you see the movement.

 

Guess I've procrastinated enough so I can now cut the grass.

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Thanks everyone! I guess due to my limited understanding, I did not understand  Xela's  answer at first. But after L@AirC showed me through pictures, I now fully understand both answers. Thanks again. Now it's time to get to work smile.gif

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