Planer set screw stripped.. sorta

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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 10-18-2010 10:34 PM 1020 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2010 10:34 PM

I decided to change my planer blades yesterday. It was painful taking them off, since it kept sending a “shock” up my wrist, from the sheer force… So I decided to use a breaker bar to put them back on… Well I slipped on a couple, no big deal, they seem fine… But on one, I slipped, and it rounded out the allen screw just enough that I cannot get a grip..

I dont know how tight they should be… but I really didnt want to get cleaved in half by a flying planer blade…

Any idea how to get this out..? I sent a support request to Porter Cable, and asked if I could by any chance get a couple screws, but I have yet to get a reply…

So for now, my planer has a big old “Danger: Do not Energize” tag on it… to remind others that its busted… as well as I stuck the key in a baggy, and stapled it to my bench, with about 100 staples, so it doesnt get lost…

I should be going to Harbour Freight tommorrow(my favorite store for various things..) to pick up an Arc Welder, for my next project, a Go-Kart/Buggy(been on my list a while… but I never could get up the gohonas to ask parental permission..) So i was wondering if their screw extractor is any good?/if it would work?

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 10:20 AM

Used this: Alden 8430P Pro Grabit Broken Bolt and Damaged Screw Extractor 3 Piece Kit

I’ve tried another screw extractor (the ones where you don’t drill first) and those don’t work. This helped me remove machine screws from a used dewalt planer that I bought.

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 11:16 AM

We can usually drill the screw with the correct size drill and get it out with the right size screw extractor.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 01:33 PM

You didn’t say how long it has been since you last changed the blades, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to get some liquid wrench or similar to start penetrating on the threads. It will make extraction easier.

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 08:14 PM

That was the first time I changed them… it had been a month and a half or so… I noticed scratches, so I investigated, only to find some dings in the knives…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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