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Posted on Screwed (Quite LIterally) By Delta - Once Again

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 01:40 AM

Kazooman, could you not drill the old screws out, re-tap the holes and use imperial screws one size up ?

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Yes, but it is not a question of drilling out the old holes. The screws are seated in a very narrow slot and it really does seem that they were never made of the best material. It is very easy to round over the corners of the heads when trying to loosen the screws. The fix I used the last time was to pull the cutter and use a hand held hack saw blade to cut the head off the screw. When I got the clamping bar out of the cutter head I was able to grab onto the shaft of the screw with a pair of vise grips and remove it. If I have to go to the screw cutting route again I will use a Dremel tool and a cutoff wheel.

As for Robscastles suggestion that the individual who installed the blades screwed up, the first instance I encountered was the first time I tried to change the factory installed blades. I did not over tighten the screws, no local service tech over tightened the screws, they CAME that way from the factory. Yes, as he suggested, a wrench WAS a part of the original accessories that came with the jointer. It was a cheap stamped out sheet metal part and the shorter leg of the wrench broke off before any bolts were removed. I purchased a much higher quality wrench, but it was still not up to the task. As I indicated, I had to saw through a few bolts to get them out of the head.

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