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Forum topic by Robert posted 12-07-2017 04:00 PM 533 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2017 04:00 PM

I just loosened and discovered several were too high because little dust got underneath.

Next time I will have the compressed air handy.

I just used the screwdriver they supplied but I wonder do any of you guys torque them down?

Its a Byrd head.

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#1 posted 12-07-2017 04:08 PM

I did the same on a couple. So I went through the head again with a brass wire brush and actually read the instructions this time before doing it.

Yes I got a 1/4 inlb torque wrench off of eBay and I believe Summerfi got one as well for his new planer.

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#2 posted 12-07-2017 04:10 PM

this is from their website :
If rotating, remove and clean the tip and seat, if replacing a broken tip check for any burs or embedded carbide flakes that must be removed install per drawing on the other side, torque to around 45 inlb ( a hard hand tightening) with a T25P Torx Plus Bit. A slight offset between tip’s countersunk hole and the screw is normal.
hope this helps you out rwe2156 :<))

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#3 posted 12-07-2017 04:46 PM

I removed all mine and cleaned the seats before I even used them. Kinda tedious, but I thought it was necessary. I do torque them done per specs. Remember, these are carbide and they will crack if over tightened. I have one of those screwdriver type torque wrenches I used for scope rings on my rifles…it worked just fine.

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#4 posted 12-07-2017 05:41 PM

Yes, I absolutely torque each and every one on my G0593 (at 50 inch pounds). The last thing I need is to break off a screw head from either over-torquing at the time of rotating cutters, OR having an over-torqued screw decide to break while in use.

One thing I did discover when rotating the cutters, is that cutters that have been used the longest tend to shorten the width of each cutter when rotated a quarter of a turn. Basically the 4-sided cutters are really only on two sides. After rotating on 90* I found a series of very very slight lines, similar to how nicks on regular jointer knives show. Just have to remember to lightly sand…

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#5 posted 12-07-2017 05:53 PM

Firm hand tightening with the supplied screwdriver has worked for me. I agree, compressed air is a must.

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