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Robin1

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10 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: table saw problem bolt stripped wing ridgid ts2412

Here’s a fun one…

I just picked up a Ridgid TS2412 in excellent shape. Since I got a good deal I decided to upgrade it with cast iron wings. First side went great. Second side one of the bolts attaching the steel wing to the body of the saw was stripped in a way I’ve never seen before- I could twist the bolt and the nut in opposite directions but there was no movement of the nut up or down the threads. It just kept spinning in place. I tried multiple things and got nowhere until the head of the bolt actually sheared off. Now there is just enough of it left that it won’t push through the hole and drop out the other side. Any ideas?

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking


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Buckethead

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#1 posted 10 days ago

It sounds like there is a portion of the head left, or when it broke, it left a bend or tear that is preventing it from just falling out.

An angle grinder would make short work of it if there is part of the head left, and if it’s the shaft, I would go for drilling out the bolt. Start with a small bit, and increase the side until enough material is removed to allow for it to be taken out.

You could use a grinder here too, but that would be more likely to damage your bolt hole. Then again, a washer could remedy that.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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jeffswildwood

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#2 posted 10 days ago

Is there room to cut off the rest of the bolt head? Mayby an angle grinder or dremel. I had the same thing happen with a bolt on a wash machine motor. I would say be careful with either in such tight areas.

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 10 days ago

Sounds like a dremel tool would be perfect for this given there’s only a little left that needs to be ground off before you can push it through.

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Robin1

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#4 posted 10 days ago

I will try the dremel first as I think that the limited space will make getting a drill in there difficult. Thanks.

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking

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timbertailor

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#5 posted 10 days ago

If enough of the bolt is sticking up, weld a nut to it and try to screw it out normally.

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Loren

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#6 posted 10 days ago

So if you can cut off the nut or bolt head you’d be
alright?

There’s a tool called a nut cracker which applies force
to the edge of a stuck nut and eventually breaks
it in half. Sears sells one.

Sounds like a grinding job though.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Grandpa

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#7 posted 10 days ago

I have used a nut cracker and it works great. You have to have room around the nut for the tool to slip over it. tighten it up and off it comes.

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Robin1

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#8 posted 10 days ago

Dremel with a grinding wheel worked. Actually had to do it to the last bolt as well- same problem. Thanks to all!

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Woodworking

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 10 days ago

Good that you got it off with a Dremel as I was going to suggest dynamite …chuckle!

Use a better grade nut/bolt on your installation not cheap imports. I have had similar nut/bolt problems with some 10-32 bolts just recently!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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jeffswildwood

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#10 posted 10 days ago

Glad to help. The dremel is the most helpful tool ever. I have 2 and use them almost constantly. From lettering to fixing my oops moments on projects.

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waho6o9

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#11 posted 10 days ago

Bingo

“Use a better grade nut/bolt on your installation not cheap imports. I have had similar nut/bolt problems with some 10-32 bolts just recently”

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