Need help with Porter Cable 557 Plate Joiner

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Forum topic by RickJay posted 02-01-2010 06:52 PM 2907 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2010 06:52 PM

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Hi everybody and thanks for the welcome messages that I have received.
This is my first post, so I hope it is in the correct place.

Does anyone know if the retaining bolt on the 557 plate jointer is a left hand thread? I was unable to locate my owners manual, so I asked someone at the local big box store and he told me it was a left hand thread, and I thought that made sense to me so I held in the spindle lock and turned with all my might and did nothing but strip out the top of the hex bolt. I then went to the PC web site and couldn’t find a mention of the design on the retaining bolt, but I was able to find the on line owners manuel and on page 9, it says to hold in the spindle lock and remove the blade retaining and flange,using the furnished 5/32 hex wrench while rotating counterclockwise. I now have a stuck stripped out bolt head and I am not sure where to purchase a replacement for it or which way to spin my bolt removal tool to get the bad one out. Thank you for your help.

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 10:53 PM

To remove the blade on my 557 it’s the conventional, lefty loosey, righty tighty. To clarify, I have one of the 557 Type 2 models.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 04:45 PM

I have a type 3 model. Looking down on the blade, turn counter clockwise to loosen. I stripped the hex head bolt on my 557. I sent it to the nearest PC repair center with a copy of the receipt showing less than 1 yr old. It was returned promptly, repaired and serviced at no charge.

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