No, it wasn't spectacular, but it's deeply disappointing. As you may remember, I have one of these:
It's been a wonderful machine for a couple years. So what happened? Well, you may remember I got some rough 5/4 oak from a green building site a week ago. The pieces were 11 feet long, and 6 inches wide. Heavy as heck. I wanted to plane one piece before I stored it, just to see what I was actually dealing with (wasn't even sure it was actually oak). Anyway, it was so big I had to set up roller stands to support the ends (I always do that with long pieces). I was taking VERY light cuts, because the wood was really hard, and I didn't want to overtax the machine. I think the wood had been air dried for many, many years, but it was still heavy. After a couple successful runs, all was going well, and then something wasn't: somehow, the roller stand on the outfeed side slipped, and fell, when the piece was almost completely through. Of course, all that unsupported weight acted liked Archimedes' world moving lever, smacked the end up, and gave the last three inches the worst case of planer snip you've ever seen. I managed to catch it when there was still about an inch left. I'm lucky the whole planer stand didn't fall over, but I follow the Larry rule on these things: "If in doubt, build it stout", so I avoided that particular disaster.
Clearly I was overdoing it, so I cut the pieces into 6' lengths, and put them up on the lumber rack for later use. Then, a little later, I was planing some purpleheart for another project. All was well, and I was thinking "well, there's another bullet dodged." Now, one of the things I like most about that planer is the depth lock. You adjust the depth wheel, set the lock, and you can plane board after board to exactly the same width. Well, as one piece was going through, I noticed the depth wheel was turning. I went to look closer, and you guessed it: the locking mechanism no longer does anything at all. If I set it to take off a 32nd, by the time an 18 inch board has gone through, the planer head has risen to the original size.
I looked hard at the mechanism, but can't see anything obviously broken. This whole thing really bugs me, as my bandsaw is still down due to some other foolish thing I did (parts are backordered, durn it). I hate having two machines down at once: I take it as a personal affront, as it's evidence for what a mechanical klutz I am!
Any thoughts on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated!