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Just bought a Safe-T planer based on Benedetto's recs & can't seem to make it work without burning unless I move the wood VERY fast through the planer. Happens even when I'm cutting just 1/64th or so. The only advice I get from the manual is to sharpen the cutters, but they're brand new!
If the planer isn't almost perfectly level with the table of the drill press, it will scorch the wood. Mine does that a little sometimes because the table of the drill press that I use for the safeTplaner is off a little bit front to back. There's no adjustment, so, so far I just live with it.
I had to make a special table to go onto my drill press table so that I could get it all level. I used a series of shims where necessary to get everything all leveled out. It not only made a big difference with the safety planer but it is also good for drilling tuner holes.
I put a 12x12 marble floor tile on my drill press table and shim with little pieces of folded paper. (if your drill press table is off more than this, you problems that will affect your ability to drill anything straight)
Also, I try to run it with the table raised as high as possible so the press doesn't have to be at it's full downward extension as I believe it reduces the inherent micro wobble or flex of the press shaft which can induce scorching problems.
ps. this is also handy when using a sanding drum to sand the sides of a peghead or anything you want to keep really flat while you sand it. (pattern sanding)
Sharpen the cutters. Even if they are new.
How fast are you spinning it?