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Robin1

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07-17-2014 11:00 AM

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?


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Buckethead

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 11:33 AM

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.

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 11:39 AM

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.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 12:10 PM

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 07-17-2014 02:36 PM

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

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 04:13 PM

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 07-17-2014 04:23 PM

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.

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Grandpa

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 04:47 PM

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 07-17-2014 05:31 PM

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

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 07:24 PM

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!

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jeffswildwood

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#10 posted 07-18-2014 01:01 AM

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.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 07-18-2014 01:09 AM

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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