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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 03-13-2014 11:24 PM 390 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gixxerjoe04

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03-13-2014 11:24 PM

So i just bought a used bench top jointer, one of the blades had a small knick in it so i was going to change the blades out and not worry about it. Well i got all the of the screws free but the last one isn’t wanting to budge. My crappy allen wrench rounded off but the screw head didnt and i didn’t want to try again until i found out if anyone had advice on getting the dang thing free, def dont want to round the head on it. So anyone got any advice before i screw it up?


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Bob Kassmeyer

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 11:51 PM

I would use an impact driver and socket to try to remove it. On Honda vehicles they use Philips screws to hold the brake rotors on and sometimes they are really stuck and I’ll use a small chisel and hammer on the edge to get them loose. Not sure if I would try this on my jointer though, you would have to be the judge.
Bob

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 11:52 PM

I experienced this same exact problem with my Dewalt planer. Do the screws have round heads? If so, you can use an angle grinder or a small Dremel tool with a thin cutoff wheel to grind a notch into the head. Then use a flathead screwdriver to remove screw.

Be careful not to grind the notch so deep that you cut the head of the screw completely in half because then you’re really screwed, so to speak.

My Dewalt planer had four or five screws that just WOULD NOT come out to let me change blades and this worked like a charm on all of them.

I’ve used this trick several times installing hardware as a carpenter too.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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barringerwoodworks

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 11:56 PM

Just realized you said “bolt” not screw. Maybe Bob’s idea is better.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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Gixxerjoe04

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 12:02 AM

Well it’s an allen head on it so not a bolt, your idea hopefully would work but figure I’d be screwed if it didn’t. Is there anything i could put on it, wd40 or something that could possibly loosen it up?

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barringerwoodworks

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 12:13 AM

As far as I know, WD40 would be fine and might help. You wouldn’t want to do that to a planer because it would cause the rubber rollers to become slippery.

Yea, I’d just be real careful with the grinder and when you use the flathead screwdriver, push down real hard as you turn to avoid stripping the notch out too.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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Sandra

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 12:22 AM

I had this problem on my Ridgid planer. I tried WD40, heat, swearing, etc…
Ended up going to Canadian Tire and bought a screw extractor kit similar to this:

http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/tools-hardware/power-tools-accessories/drills/drill-bits-sets-accessories/grabit-damaged-screw-remover-0543809p.html?utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=RatingsAndReviews&utm_content=Default#.UyJLTP3zjGk

Although I think mine was cheaper.

It worked great on two screws, but the third broke off and I ended up having the whole thing serviced for free. PIA factor was huge though. I’d highly suggest trying an extractor bit before damaging the screw any further.

Good luck

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

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NormG

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 12:33 AM

This happens from time to time and different things have been tried, good luck let us know ow it goes

-- Norman

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Gixxerjoe04

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 12:58 AM

Found a better Allen wrench, used a lot if pressure and swearing and finally got it. Now I just hope I get the blades straight on the thing

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Halc

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 01:26 AM

I know I’m too late, but I just came across this link at woodspotting.com:
http://www.mmtoolparts.com/store/blog/how-to-remove-a-stuck-screw/

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