Check me out here. I have a R4330 planer I've used for 2 years and it has snipe. always blamed myself for misalignment or etc.
Well today I put a dial gauge on table and measured the raise up of the cutter head. I used a stiff board and raised the board into the roller until i could feel spring move. Dial indicator read 0.010 in. 10 thousand of an inch at center. In other words the pressure of the roller spring can move cutter head up 10 thousands of an inch.
In practise with new blades and thin cut (thin cut means less roller pressure), I get about 4 thousands. Fairly easy to remove.
Is this within tolerance?
Do all machines with movable cutter head do this?
Can I improve on this.
I have convinced myself today that snipe is part of woodworking. All tools give and take. Some good some bad???
Would appreciate others knowledge. Actually studied snipe on line 3 times and no one explained it this way. 10 thousand of movement is not a lot but snipe is only a little too.