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Forum topic by Sandra posted 11-12-2013 05:43 PM 901 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2013 05:43 PM

I posted last week about my Ridgid planer and the seized screws holding the blades in place.

By the end of it, I successfully removed one of the screws, but the other two broke off. The broken ones are on the same blade, but I was able to tightly seat the blade nonetheless.

I contacted Ridgid, and they told me that to have it serviced, I need to bring it to the nearest service centre which is over an hour’s drive away. They will however have it delivered back to me.

So no planer until I’m able to get it there, then they would presumably remove the screw shafts and send it back. (trust me, I tried to extract them myself)

I’m sorely tempted to fire it up and run it anyway.

Any thoughts?

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 05:46 PM

If there is any chance the blade is loose, don’t do it. Really bad things can happen.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 05:50 PM


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#3 posted 11-12-2013 05:56 PM

Understand your frustration Sandra. Not worth the risk. Would you let another family member use it knowing it ‘might be OK’?

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 06:23 PM

Could be time to buy a Shelix head to install in your planer, they are expensive but they are very good and they last you a lifetime

-- Bert

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#5 posted 11-12-2013 06:37 PM

You can drill them out yourself if you are extremely careful. Or you could get some ez outs – that’s probably how they will do it.

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 07:40 PM

Well, I guess I already knew the answer. Point taken.

dhazel- I did try the ez outs. That’s what got the first one out, the others I can’t reach…

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#7 posted 11-12-2013 08:24 PM

Sandra….I had a blade (and gib) bend and wreck havoc and there were no broken screws….like Bert said, the Shelix head is incredible, but spendy. Something to think about if you run the planer a lot….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 11-12-2013 08:56 PM

Probably pretty difficult to drill out, grade 8. Not impossible but difficult, the best bits to try that are the Cryobit, expensive but very good.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 11-12-2013 08:57 PM

$437 to be exact. I am thinking abuot this option for my Ridgid planer

-- Bert

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#10 posted 11-13-2013 01:06 AM

Is there a machine shop or good /technically proficient mechanic who rebuilds engines near you? Might have the necessary tools to remove or drill out and re tap the threads.

It’s a good reminder to tune up our tools more often than we do.

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 10:42 PM

If Ridgid is gonna fix it under warranty, take it in.
If you’re gonna hafta pay, find a local machine shop and he’ll probably do it cheaper (and WAY faster)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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