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Forum topic by BoomWood posted 11-17-2015 07:59 PM 654 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2015 07:59 PM

(Ridgid R4331)
So I was able to get all the screws out of the three blades except for one. This one screw is stuck – the head is somewhat stripped so the wrench that it came with isn’t able to pull it out.
I’ve tried pliers and vice grips.
I would like to avoid sending this whole thing out for just a screw – is there anything else I can do to get this screw out? I’d hate to lose the planer for a few days or weeks…

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#1 posted 11-17-2015 08:18 PM

Could you apply some heat to it ? I once used a BBQ lighter to put the flame right on the bolt and it did loosen up .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 11-17-2015 08:25 PM

This was a common problem with DeWalt planners and you could do a search for those.

On my planer, I drilled the head of the bolts off, took the blade off and then the screw came out easy. You could also use a Dremel tool to cut the head off. People have used these techniques successfully.

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#3 posted 11-17-2015 10:08 PM

Try giving the screw a slight hit with a small flat tip punch in the hole of the screw head. I had a few screws on my Dewalt loosen up after a whack. I replaced all the allen head screws with torx head.

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 02:06 AM

Thank you for the suggestions guys…but nothing worked. Dropped off the planer at the service center. It’s gonna be a long week.

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#6 posted 11-23-2015 08:39 PM

I drilled mine out ,like redoak, I had about 8 stuck screws.

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