I purchased the Planer/Thicknesser AC250PT and have been trying for months to get it setup. It had terrible end of board snipe, the tables and knives were well out. I think this was a Friday model.
I have lost faith and patience being able to get this thing setup and really wished I had gone for a different model. Before I call it a day ihoped there might be someone might be able to offer me some guidance.
Using the jig that is supplied I cannot get the knives set equal and parallel across the width of the cutting head. I have even tried to cable tie the jig to the drum to ensure equal pressure. When I measure the amount of travel the knives pull a piece of wood from the outfeed table each knife from the same point on the table measures anything up to 5mm difference. Even if the outfeed table wasn’t Coplnaa to the knives you would expect the knives to have a consistent measurement if the jig is any good.
The manual says to aim for 10mm travel on the wood piece when testing outfeed table and knife height. That cannot be right? To achieve such an amount of travel requires the knives to be higher than the outfeed, adding to the snipe problems. That is a massive gap.
Finally, In a desperate attempt to remedy this I purchased the Axminster vernier jig…the issue here is that you need to know the height required of the knives for this to work and no one in store or at Axminster seem to know.
As it stands all my excitement has been lost and I have a very expensive Chinese copy that is soaking up time rather than me making things.
I hope someone can help before I bin this thing out of frustration.