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MrUnix

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 07:33 PM

The above is correct ^^^

The 2030 does not have any feed roller adjustments, and AFAIK, the 2030N uses the same setup. The bearings ride in a machined slot in the main casting and are spring loaded. The table rollers are adjustable however, and need to be set correctly for proper feed (approx. 0.1 to 0.3mm above table surface). They should also be kept oiled. I also wax them at the same time I wax the table.

The pressure plate on the 2030 is a bit different than the one on the 2030N from what I can tell based on the parts diagram. It looks like the pressure plate is secured from the sides (instead of on top like on the 2030), and appears to have a tension spring that might allow some adjustment, but I’m not sure. On the 2030, the pressure plate is fixed, but can be tweaked with a little bit of effort. When I restored one of my 2030’s, the pressure plate was pretty banged up – so I straightened it out before re-installing. The first pass of stock caught on it and stopped it dead in it’s tracks as it was slightly too low. An adjustable wrench and a little effort allowed it to be adjusted, and the problem went away. I can see how just one or two ‘catches’ on some twisted stock could throw it out of position – and continued use in that condition would cause the problem to become worse over time. To tweak it, it will probably be easier if you remove it first, which is pretty simple (there are only 4 screws holding it in place).

Cheers,
Brad

PS: On the very early 2030’s (type 1), the pressure plate and chip breaker were actually part of the main casting and non-removable.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable


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