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Forum topic by lovey posted 10-10-2016 05:29 PM 584 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2016 05:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood planer ridgid weathered wood tip trick question

Hi There: I just got a new Ridgid wood planer Model # 4330. After setting everything up, we ran the first board.
At about half way it took out a deep gouge, about 6 inches, and shut down. It seems to be locked up.
The Motor runs but the knives do not engage,and the belt is not turning. The self feed is not working.
There is nothing in the owners manual to address this and unfortunately, there is not a phone number for tech support.
My project is converting an old 2 story home on our ranch in Wyoming, into a Bed & Breakfast, I have collected the wood off of original homestead cabins on the ranch to use to wainscot in the bedrooms.
Since the wood is 100+ years old I take great care to clean and allow it to dry thoroughly before planing.

Anyone out there had a similar problem? It seems there should be a way to reset, but the reset is not doing anything,I am very rural and hoping my husband can do that thing he does to fix things up. He’s currently baffled.
Thanks so much. Cricket


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#1 posted 10-10-2016 05:42 PM

Did you hit a hidden nail or something else metallic? Unplug it and check your knives to see if they are damaged.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 10-10-2016 06:04 PM

How thick of a cut were you taking?

Also, did you wax the feed trays?


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#3 posted 10-10-2016 06:46 PM

I’m not familiar with that specific planer. However, it sounds like it may be a sheared key on the belt drive pulley or a busted gear (depending on how the drive train works). You’ll need to pull covers so you can see what drives the belt and trace the system back to see exactly what the motor should be driving that isn’t turning.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 10-10-2016 08:45 PM

Sounds like a return trip to Home Depot.
Don’t waste your time or repair. Take it back.


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