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Forum topic by knotscott posted 09-23-2012 11:04 PM 1655 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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knotscott

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09-23-2012 11:04 PM

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Well, I finally found a use that for cheesy plastic combo square I bought from the Dollar Store in 2001…..who knew that a “square” wouldn’t be square?! Anyway, I used the aluminum ruler as an extension for the tiny handwheel on my Ridgid R4330. That little wheel was always really a nuisance to use….this helps alot.

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 11:09 PM

nice extension.good thinking

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#2 posted 09-23-2012 11:31 PM

Round off those corners before ya rip up a knuckle. :)
Good fix.
Bill

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#3 posted 09-23-2012 11:36 PM

Good idea Bill!

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 11:36 PM

Gr8 idea, but, do what Bill suggested. I could see a kanuckle bein ripped open very easily

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#5 posted 09-24-2012 12:08 AM

You don’t EVEN wanna know how I discovered that issue.
You’re very welcome.
Bill (who has all kinds of scars)

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#6 posted 09-24-2012 02:20 PM

Nice fix.

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#7 posted 09-24-2012 05:02 PM

while i like the idea, what happens as the cutter head is lowered and the handwheel gets closer to the bottom of its travel? is the new extended handle short enough to rotate fully without hitting any obstructions?

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 05:37 PM

That’s a good point….it does clear down towards common thicknesses but I didn’t check much below 5/8 or so. That nut on the back hits the repeat-a-depth knob….gonna have to tweak that when I round off those corners!

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#9 posted 10-07-2012 07:23 PM

Lovely fix.
Smiles.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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