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

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 08:54 PM

I had the same problem with a Delta 37-190 I bought off CL. After stripping a wrench or 2, and before I rounded over the screw heads too badly, I sacrificed a pair of vice-grips to get the screws out. The challenge is finding vice-grips with a thin enough set of jaws to get into the narrow slot. I took a small long-nose pair of vise grips, and cut off all but about 1/2” of the jaws – you want to grip the screws as close to the pivot point of the vise grips to get maximum force. Then I filed down the serrations on what was left of the jaws so they were flat and parallel to each other when set to the size of the jointer screw heads (i.e. like an adjustable wrench). If you can’t find vice-grips with thin enough jaws, you’ll have to file them to fit, too. Then I adjusted the vice-grips as tight as I could, so that I had to squeeze like hell to get them on the screw heads – you don’t want it to slip. I managed to get all the stuck screws out without further damaging the heads. Since I now have a dedicated jointer wrench to use whenever I need to remove the blades, I made a holster for it attached to the jointer stand.

BTW – the vice-grips I used were from this cheap Lowe’s set –

-- Lee, Framingham, MA

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