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Forum topic by JKORTE posted 02-28-2021 03:30 PM 221 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2021 03:30 PM

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I have a Ridgid thickness planer. Suddenly both rollers just stopped turning. The rollers are clean and the cutter head works fine. The rollers are just locked up. Anyone have any ideas. Thanks

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#1 posted 02-28-2021 03:43 PM

There is normally only one motor to turn the cutterhead and rollers. If the cutterhead is turning and the rollers aren’t then the motor is ok and the fail is in the reduction drive to the rollers.

My guess is that you have sheared a shaft, split a gear or blown a chain.

Take it apart and give it a good visual inspection and/or bring it to the nearest service center.

It is normal for the rollers to be hard/impossible to turn by hand. If they turn freely that is a sign of drive disaster. Ditto if one is tight and one is loose or they rotate independently.

Whatever it is, it should be obvious what has failed when you open it as catastrophic fails are easy to spot.

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#2 posted 02-28-2021 05:51 PM

I did check the gears and the chain and they are all good. When I try to move the rollers by hand they move maybe a 1/4 inch back and forth.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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