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Forum topic by bobkberg posted 06-30-2014 03:16 AM 1723 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2014 03:16 AM

This thread will probably go on for a while – not just a single topic, although I will start with background and the current problems.

I got the chance (and took it) to buy a Robland X31 (Table saw, tenoner, mortiser, shaper, jointer, planer) which had been purchased roughly 20 years ago, began to be assembled and then abandoned until the original owner died.

I can see check marks in the assembly instructions (He cleaned off the preservative grease on the table saw and infeed and outfeed tables for the jointer (so they rusted more thoroughly), and got the wheels mounted underneath it. but that was as far as he got. I am told by the fellow who brokered the abandoned tools for his heirs that NOTHING in his house was ever finished. The roof is layers and layers of plastic nailed onto the plywood. The rooms have drywall, but no taping or paint, etc. To top it off, the couple lived there for 15 years until the husband and wife both passed away. My wife (as patient with my projects as she is) would not have stood for that more than a year at most. But – back to the X31.

I started by simply disassembling, cleaning, and waxing every part as I went through the pile of parts I got. That was tedious, but productive. I went through a lot of detergent, paint thinner, #2 steel wool, wet/dry sandpaper, silicon carbide sanding belts, and paste wax.

When I got to the planer/jointer cutting head, it became obvious that I would need to disassemble this for cleaning because it had been so long and collected so much stuff (dirt, mostly).

My first task was to remove the planer blades so as not to cut myself while working on it. I managed to cut myself twice anyway until my wife told me to just cover them with duct tape.

However, while trying to remove the planer blades (which are held in place with 7 mm square-head screws, I cannot figure out how to actually remove them. I have screwed them all the way in – no luck moving anything. I have screwed them all the way out (the way I found them) and no luck in moving anything!

Having covered the blades with duct tape, I am trying to get the cutting head out so that I can work on the cutter head on the bench. I’ve gotten the two belts that drive it from the motor taken off the motor pulley, but I cannot get the belts off the sheaves (just under a small cover plate on the saw/planer table.

Does anyone have any suggestions on dealing with this?


-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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