My planer is jacked

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Forum topic by RKW posted 02-04-2010 04:23 AM 1278 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 05:11 AM

RK -

I’d look everywhere around and behind the cutter head and/or rollers and see if a wood splinter or something similar is caught up in there. It’s tight quarters and may require a mirror and penlight to see all the nooks and crannies.

If it’s all clean, based on your statement that – ”Keep in mind i am in no way a mechanic” I’d recomend calling Rigid and see what needs to be done to have them fix, and how much it would cost including freight. It’s possible that your best bet might be to buy a new one and sell yours on Craigs List as is. If you’ve had it over a year the warranty is probably over so a receipt isn’t necessary.

If you have a friend that is more mechanically inclined then I’d take the chain off and see where that leads you. BTW – it doesn’t sound like a bad bearing to me.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 05:28 AM

I have a few Ridgid tools and have an 18v hammerdrill that the chuck and trigger went out at the same time, I had it for 3 years. Never registered couldn’t find the receipt and the service center i took it to was able to work with ridgid to get them to cover it. They said that Ridgid is good as long as the service guy tells them that it was definitely a worn out part and not a blatant operator error.

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 04:22 PM

Home Depot is great at “marketing” Ridgid tools—-can they not help you?


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#4 posted 02-04-2010 05:47 PM

RK I have several Rigid tools including the planer model prior to yours. I recently had to take mine apart (and I’m no mechanic either) to resolve a couple of problems and it was quite easy. the owners paperwork has a breakdown of all the parts and their locations, in case you need the reference. Generally as has been mentioned above its a matter of a real good cleaning, air hose is a great cleaning tool. Rigid tools do not make tools to wear out in a year so I wouldn’t be to quick to look for complex answers.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 01:06 AM

If for some reason you ignore all this good advice please pm me and i’ll take it off your hands and pay the shipping etc.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 01:48 AM

All you need is a good cleaning and the cutters will turn 15 times faster than your rollers so that is why you can turn the cutters and not the rollers.

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 03:50 PM

thanks for the advice guys, i decided to take it to the shop and come to find out the bearings are bad. According to the mechanic that is all thats wrong with it. He ran the serial # & it was manufactured in 2009 therefore should be covered by ridgid. This depends on whether or not they will consider the bearings wear and tear. He said the bearings were faulty and it was his opinion that they should cover it. We shall see…

-- RKWoods

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