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Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Tool Repair Problems | 3 comments

Planer Repair and Feed Problems

The beauty of the suitcase planer is that it makes hand planning a thing of the past in most applications, and it makes the world of power planning affordable to most. A great addition to your woodworking  shops. A suitcase planer is great when it is working right but extremely aggravating when it doesn’t; so, here are a few tips to keep the chips flying.

When your planer does not feed:

  • First, sharpen and reset or reverse the knives;
  • Second, check the rollers and make sure they are clean;
  • Third, make sure the rollers don’t have any deep groves;
  • Clean the pitch & resin with mineral spirits and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.

If you are still having a feeding problem the last thing to check is the area where the feed roller mounts to the machine. It always helps to have a breakdown of your planer. You can view one here of a 13″ Delta planer when you start.

Working on one end of the infeed  roller:

  • Support the roller on the end with a block of wood,  a 2×6 works good;
  • Apply slight pressure by cranking down on the adjustment wheel;
  • Remove the 2 screws (#191 on the attached breakdown);
  • Remove the #190 cover plate;
  • Blow out the sawdust and crud that is preventing your feed roller from coming all the way down.

Repeat this step on both ends of the infeed and outfeed roller. As always you can use the famous Tri-Flow, a superior penetrating teflon lubricate for the rollers. Tri-Flow will clean and lubricate all at one time and the teflon, just like the non stick skillet probably found in your kitchen, will bond to the surfaces to provide a long lasting lubricant

If you follow these few simple steps  your suitcase planer will serve you safely and effectively for many years. 


Delta Planer Breakdown

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Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Tool Repair Problems | 0 comments

Ethanol and Your Warranty

With spring coming or at least many hope it is after one of the worst winters in recent history, now would be a good time to start thinking of green grass and some beautiful roses in the flower bed.

Before you start those gardening projects, though, you need to ask one critical question: Is your equipment ready? Follow these tips that some forget until the mower won’t start and a few that many do not know about.

1) Sharpen your blade

2) Change the oil on 4 cycle tools

3) Replace the air and fuel filters and invest in a new spark plug

Follow these simple tips – you’ll be very glad you did.




All of the 2 cycle companies on the face of the earth are fighting warranty problems and many are refusing to cover what most believe are problems with their machines.  Let me Explain

Our beloved gas companies have convinced the government we need ethanol in our gasoline and I am not here to debate that issue. What is done is done.  And what is done is a gummed up fuel system.  In a single engine plane that could spell big trouble. Maybe that is why the FAA will not let them put ethanol or alcohol based fuel in aircraft. But putting ethanol fuel into the fuel for tools does not carry the same risk; it does, however, carry a potentially big cost.

The  effects that ethanol is having on all the rubber parts in your lawn equipment as well as any tool where you mix gas in the oil or that has a carburetor can be an expensive problem!!   BEWARE

Ethanol produces moisture, not a good thing to have in your gasoline. Plus, it has been shown to  cause many of the rubber parts to swell, deteriorate and decay, which ruptures carburetor diaphragms, splitting fuel lines and causing that cute little primer bulb you push to spew fuel in your face.

Here are a few tips from Echo Usa one of the premium Outdoor Power Companies and more can be found on their website.

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Fuel stored improperly can result in your warranty claim being denied. Ethanol in it’s pure form is a great degreaser and works the same way in tools that you mix gas and oil in by preventing the oil from doing it’s job which is to lubricate the working parts of your 2 cycle equipment. All of the major companies have changed their oil and are offering a premium gas/oil mix such as the Echo Red Armor.  A semi synthetic mix that counters the effect of ethanol in 2 and 4 cycle units.

Use only recommended fuel, 89 octane or above, and never use e15 or gasoline with a 15% ethanol content. Otherwise, consider the premixed fuel in a can with no ethanol.

Only buy enough fuel for 30 days, and make sure it is a quality fuel from a high volume station to prevent getting stale fuel

Add a name brand fuel stabilizer and mix it at the pump. Note: fuel stabilizers are only effective when mixed with fresh fuel.

Use a self venting fuel container preferably with a no spill spout. High humidity adds to the moisture problem since blended fuel attracts moisture as soon as it’s exposed to air.

Of course Echo wants you to use their oil but at the very least use a name brand gas mix that has a fuel stabilizer similar to  the Echo mix.

Shake the can well before every use for at least 30 seconds and if there is fuel in a tool, shake it to mix the fuel and suspend any moisture in the fuel.

Store fuel in a cool dry place, That is a good one. How many have an air conditioned garage  or tool shed? Well maybe not a problem in Alaska, but then ……..

Above all, and most important if you are not going to use the tool in the next 14 days, drain the gas/oil mix back into your fuel container and start the tool and run it until it dies. This gets all the fuel out of the fuel lines and off the carburetor diaphragm.

If you’ve had experience with ethanol gumming up your fuel system and have found some good solutions, please share them below.

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Tool Repair Problems | 0 comments

Spring Tune Up For Your Power Tools

One of the most annoying things is to the in the middle of a project and have a tool break down. Take a little time and tune up your tools before you get started this spring. Below are a few hints to keep everything humming along with a little TLC.

1) On your handheld tools– sanders, routers and the like unplug your tool, remove the brushes and check the brush length and make sure you have good spring tension,  and using a dry air source, blow out any sawdust in your tool. Really important in a table mounted router.  Shine a light  in the brush holder while turning the motor shaft to inspect the armature.  You are looking for excessive scaring or missing segments on the armature to warn of a problem soon to rear it’s ugly head. Check your bearings and see if there is any play or noise in the bearing that should not be there. A bearing that is beginning to lock up can kill a motor armature quicker than you would believe.

2) On your larger stationary machines, planer, joiner, drill press and of course the table saw-  check the drive belts and lubricate the moving parts. Tri-flow  is our favorite penetrating teflon lubricant which does not contain any oil product which attracts sawdust and dirt. Many owners of 15″ and 20″ planers are not aware but directly above the block that supports the infeed and outfeed roller there is a bolt that is hollow and this is how you lubricate the roller support for the infeed and outfeed roller.

15" planer infeed roller lubrication

15″ planer infeed roller lubrication points

A good way to check your tablesaw blade arbor bearings, remove the belts and spin the blade arbor and listen for any bearing noise.

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Tool Repair Problems | 0 comments

Bandsaw 101

So you have a Bandsaw, now the trick is to learn all it can do. Wait, one of the most important things is set-up and tune up. Today we are going to review the initial blade set up.
Step 1 — Adjust the Tracking
Start by backing off the upper and lower blade guides. Raise the upper blade guide to the height you are going to use it most of the time. With the upper door open slowly rotate the wheel watching where the blade is tracking on the upper wheel. If the blade is not centered on the wheel, slowly adjust the wheel tilt on the upper wheel while turning the upper wheel and watch the tracking until you get it in the center of the upper wheel.
Step 2– Adjust the blade tension.
This is assuming you are using a standard carbon or bi-metal band saw blade.
This is the part that brings more discussion than anything else. Start with using the blade tension guide and adjust your blade to this mark and next tighten it a little more while plucking the blade like a guitar string. A lower sound like a bass sound indicates a blade that is too loose. What you want is a high pitched sound for a properly tensioned blade. Regardless if you are resawing or cutting a 1/4″ thick piece a blade that is improperly tensioned will create tracking problems or a Resaw cut that is not straight. For those using a 14″ Bandsaw, Carter makes a tension spring known as the Cobra Coil that is made from a stronger steel that makes it easier to get the proper tension for resawing.
Many of the 14″ bandsaws use a tensioning spring with a weaker tensile strength.
Step 3– Adjust your blade guides.
Start with bringing the guides forward so that when cutting pressure is placed on the blade the gullet (the gullet is the valley portion of the blade between the tips of the teeth) Is even with the front edge of the blade guide. The gullet should never be behind the leading edge of the guides on the side of the blade. Now bring the side blade guides in so that it is within the thickness of a piece of paper to the side of the blade without moving or deflecting the blade. Don’t forget the lower blade guide.
Step 4– Adjust your table to 90 degrees to the blade. Set it, wait and double check the table angle.
Step 5– Select the correct band saw blade.
Don’t try to Resaw with a 6 tooth blade and Don’t try to use a 3 tooth blade for cutting 1/2″ material.

Now you are ready to cut and make some sawdust.
Don’t forget a push stick to keep your fingers out of the danger zone. If a blade breaks or comes off you never know where it will go.

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Tool Repair Problems | 4 comments

Nail Gun Maintenance

Over 50% of the nail gun problems we see come in for repair are caused by improper lubrication.

Many guns made by Senco as well as some of the new Porter-Cable guns and some others have special orings and are designed not to be oiled. But if you do oil them it damages the o rings.
But not oiling a gun that takes oil is just as bad. Always use a name brand oil if your gun requires oil. We use the Senco PC0101 oil in all the guns we repair that take oil.

Never use WD-40 or motor oil in your guns. These will make the orings swell so that the gun does not work correctly.

For the track lubrication we use a pure silicone lubricant to keep the feed spring and safety working smoothly.
When you use WD-40 on the track the oil in the WD-40 just attracts dirt and sawdust. Not a good thing.

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