If a woodworker is going to have electrical and mechanical equipment in his shop he should also acquire the skills to setup and repair those machines, or keep a mechanic handy. They won’t be cheap unless they are sons or brothers. I have both who are very skilled. I have tried to have them teach me what I need to know. If they have done tasks like wire in a panel or box then I attempt to copy their work.
I heard my planer yesterday begin to make a loud racket. This morning I found this metal key on my shop floor as I was cleaning.
The Key I found on My Shop Floor. With item found I knew exactly what machine it came from because I heard the knocking noise yesterday. I am not always that lucky…
Measuring the length of this key let me know which of the two keys shown in the planer’s manual this key went to. The other, of course, was to the pulley at the other end. The one that turns the cutters. That one should measure 30 mm long.
Turns out two keys are used in my planer. This one based on it length fits the pulley on the motor.
Note: Does anyone know how to give instructions in this editor to rotate these photos to the right 90 degrees?
Metric sockets and wrenches.
Here we go… Let’s get back to woodworking…
-- --- Happy Howie