I've had my Ridgid planer for a while now, and I have a question that I have not been able to figure out on my own (or found in the owners manual either). I frequently find that I am planing several boards (after jointing a face first) that are not quite the same thickness and I just want to get them all to the same thickness while preserving the maximum thickness possible. To accomplish this, I lower the cutter head very slightly on each pass of a set of boards, repeating until they are all planed completely smooth.
I have always shut the planer down after each pass and then unlock the cutter head, lower slightly, then re-lock the cutter head, re-start the planer and run the boards through. This can sometimes be very tedious, and I have been tempted to unlock the cutter head and lower it while the planer is still running, but I have not been brave enough to try it. Can this be done? Or do I have to turn the planer off each time before unlocking and lowering the cutter head? It would save so much time to be able to do that.
Thanks for your help.