Proper Planer Maintenance: Clean the head elevation screws and guide posts by blowing away dust and chips with compressed air. Use a brass-bristle brush if needed. Then lubricate the posts and threads with dry paraffin wax for smoother movement.
Slick Planer Bed - Everyone knows that a coat of wax makes wood slide nicely across a metal table saw, but the same treatment works on a planer bed. Any type of wax that dries hard will do: car wax, beeswax, floor wax, etc.