Has anyone every experienced kickback on a thickness planer before?
Its not something that I had ever heard of.....until it happened to me tonight. Thinking back now, it makes sense that it could, it just never occurred to me that it could happen. Usually its table saws and router tables that come to mind when the thought of kick back comes up.
I was running a cutting board through my Delta 13in planer. It took about an inch in to the cutter head when it happened. I was standing right in front of it. Fortunately I was wearing my shop apron and a heavy shirt. This cushioned the blow when it fired the board straight into my stomach.
Luckily no damage was done to me or the board. I'm sure to stand off to the side when feeding the planer from now on.