|Forum topic by RKW||posted 02-04-2010 04:23 AM||1198 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
02-04-2010 04:23 AM
I wasn’t sure where to post this, and i dont think anyone can help me. I have the 13” ridgid 4330 planer and it has crapped out on me. I was planing some poplar a couple of days ago and in mid cut the cutter head just stopped turning and the belt started screaming. I quikly shut the machine off and began examining it for problems. After cleaning everything out and seeing no problems i tried again. The machine sounded fine so i ran a piece through. As soon as knives made contact it locked down again.
I took the machine half apart in order to see what was going on. I can turn the pulley on the cutter head backwards fairly easy, but not so easy in its operational direction. This tells me that the motor is not locked up but the bearings may be bad. I also notices that when i turn the cutter head the rollers do not move. Should they? I can not turn the rollers by hand. Should i be able to?
Keep in mind i am in no way a mechanic. I noticed the rollers are chain driven, but im not sure how the rollers and cutterhead work. Im thinking there may be a problem with the rollers wich inturn jacked up the bearings.
I have had the planer for a year now. I have used it a lot. I always make light passes with it. And the biggest problem is I CANT FIND MY RECIEPT. AND I NEVER REGISTERED IT.