How to Set Up Planer Blades


The original planer blades are set up and leveled at the factory. However, when you've re-sharpened High Speed Steel (HSS) blades and are reinserting them you will need to set up them again. You will need to buy a leveling device. Worn or dull HSS blades can cheaply be re-sharpened, so it's worth it. Full blade replacement is only necessary when a lot of material has been removed from the tips of the blades. Blades are installed in pairs and they should be replaced together to avoid excessive vibration.

Step 1

Place both the blade and blade retainer on the leveling fixture. Check to see that the blade retainer engages in the grooves.

Step 2

Press the plane blade against the stop in front of the cutting edge.

Step 3

Tighten the blade retainer onto the blade with the locking screws. This adjusts the blade to the correct height and level.

Step 4

Tighten the retainer screws.

Step 5

Remove the blade and retainer all assembled from the leveling fixture.

Step 6

Repeat with the second blade. The blades are now set-up for reinstalling into the planer.

Things You'll Need

  • HSS blade leveling fixture


  • Bosch 1594 Planer Instructions
Keywords: blade levelling fixture, blade retainer, cutting edge

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