I recently picked up a modified Bosch planer for what I would consider to be a very good deal. When I went to use it to skin a blank, it seemed to drift a bit. This could be due to my inexperience. My old unmodified bosch planer never drifted like that - I thought maybe it could be the rounded shoe that I wasn't used to. I went and measured the gap between the shoe and the blades with a feeler gauge. One blade was very closely aligned on each side. The other blade had almost twice the gap on one side than the other (.23mm vs .48mm). I feel like this could be the reason for the drift. Does anyone have experience alligning blades? Should i just try replacement blades first? I found a blade leveling fixture that looks like it may help:
I appreciate anyone who can help out. I know Pete C originally modified these things - hopefully he can chime in.
Keep in mind this can totally be operator error due to lack of experience with a rounded shoe - but I feel fairly confident the blade is not aligned properly.
I used this on one board to do rail bands - worked great because a flat cut wasn't critical. Thanks for any help you guys/gals can provide!