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post #1 of 7 Old 06-08-2009, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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I have been hearing some weird noises coming from my jointer when i turn it on. It seems like there is something loose and is vibrating. I took the belt off and replaced it with a new one thinking that the old one was worne out. That didn't solve the problem. I took the belt off and turned the jointer on and it was quiet as can be, put the belt back on and the noise starts again. Any suggestions as to what it can be? It is a Ridgid 6 1/8" Jointer.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-08-2009, 06:42 PM
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Could be a couple of things

If you spin the cutter head rapidly, take a string and wrap it around the cutterhead pulley a bunch of times then "rope start it"
Do you hear the noise? Slowly? Does it "click", if so it might be a bearing gone dry or bad. Make sure there are no chips rubbing on the cutterhead or belt that you can't easily see. Maybe it's time to find that Lifetime Rigid Guarantee? I've often wondered how on a large piece of equipment like this, do you have to carry it in somewhere and show them or do they send out a repairman? bill

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I would tend to think along with what Bill said. If you disconnected the belt and the noise went away, then it could be a cutterhead problem. Then again, depending on the noise, it could be a gaurd or sheet metal piece that loosened up and is causing the noise. With the belt off, I would carefully turn the cutterhead by hand slowly. If you have a bad bearing, you should be able to feel and/or hear it. That's about the only thing that moves besides the motor and belt. If the cutterhead rotates smoothly and without any noise, I would put the belt back on and try to isolate the noise and check for loose nuts or bolts causing something to vibrate. Let us know what you find.
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Thanks for the help guys. When I bought the jointer, it had the original cutterhead. I bought a new spiral cutterhead from sunhill machinery and haven't used it much at all. Well I did the string thing and I heard the noise, so I decided to put the original cutterhead on and see if the noise was there with that one too, and it wasn't. It looks like I will have to give sunhill a call tomorrow and see what they can do.
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Sunhill said they are going to send me new bearings for the cutterhead, but how in the world do you get the bearings off? I am trying to get the bearings off the old ridgid one first. I got the bearing housing off, but not the bearing, any suggestions?
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I'd leave the Rigid one as is

Just for back-up, it works fine I assume. There are bearing pullers, buy one or rent one. Take the cutter head into the rental store, to get one that fits. Or take it to a small machine/auto shop. They will pull the bearings and install the new ones. $20.00 more or less, would be a fair price in my opinion. bill

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Just for back-up, it works fine I assume. There are bearing pullers, buy one or rent one. Take the cutter head into the rental store, to get one that fits. Or take it to a small machine/auto shop. They will pull the bearings and install the new ones. $20.00 more or less, would be a fair price in my opinion. bill
The one that came with the jointer when I got it was in bad shape, but when I put it on it was really quiet. I thought that I could just take the bearings off by hand and switch them between the cutters, but I guess not. I can use the new cutterhead, but I just hate the noise it makes.
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