Masonry Tools - Recent Questions, Troubleshooting & Support
How do I change the drive belt? On a Ridgid 13"
You need to remove the right side cover, indicut knob, crank, and cutterlock knob. Remove the top cap (4 screws) crank the motor asssembly to the top exposing two hidden screws in side wall, remove those and the two at the top and remove sidewall. . Tension adjustemnt screw is right near the motor pulley. Loosen it and push motor inward while sliding belt over pulleys. It is a little tough getting the belt in between the pulley and main carriage. If you attempt to put the belt on one pulley at a time, you are working a diagonal, which is longer that the inline dimension. Apply a drop of liquid dish detergent to each pulley for lubrication. Start the edge of the belt onto both pulleys; making sure the splines & grooves are aligned on both pulleys. Slowly work the belt on, 32nd of an inch at a time one pulley, then the other. Wash the soap off when you are done'
on Feb 03, 2019
I purchased a Delta Planer 22-560 and you literally have to force the stock on one end and pull on the other to get it thru. What's wrong?
Not all portable thicknessers have a power feed and the stock does have to be forced through.
Planers with a power feed can be choosy about whether they work or not, depending on the size of cut the planer is set for - too big a cut and they don't work, too small a cut and they don't work. This is especially true of those entering middle-age. Considering most of the parts for your machine are obsolete and no longer stocked, I guess that is where your machine is now...
You need to examine your machine to check it it has a power feed and if it does, you need to dismantle it and check all the parts and the drive are fit for the purpose.
on Apr 23, 2018
Removing the cutterhead onan elu thicknesser jointer to replace the bearings?
It is a long time since I encountered the Elu brand. I had to junk some Elu stuff 30 years ago due to inability to obtain spares. At least bearings are mostly standard items that can be sourced from many suppliers.
I haven't replaced bearings on an Elu jointer but the design and construction is probably similar to other brands so the process is largely intuitive using the usual techniques - warming plastics, aluminium housings and using bearing pullers when appropriate.
If all else fails keep removing bits until the part you need is what remains. Often that is the only method that works due to such tools being designed to be assembled in the least possible time and least possible number of operations. Sometimes the construction is downright sneaky...
It doesn't matter if the original bearings get knocked about or stressed by the removal process but ensure the new bearings are treated gently and not stressed by pressing only on the inner race to fit on a shaft, the outer race to fit into a housing or alternatively warming a housing will ease assembly.
on Sep 06, 2017
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