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Powermatic Machine Co.
McMinnville, TN; La Vergne, TN
Wood Working Machinery
Sectional Infeed Roller assembly
Date of Manufacturer:
10/20/2005 7:46:28 PM
After a lot of trial and error and a few choice words, I discovered a simple method for putting sectional infeed rollers back together. You can use this information in conjunction with Robert Vaughan's entry "180 sectional feed rollers", in which he describes how to dis-assemble the roller. The methods should work with nearly any sectional roller, not just Powermatic Model 180 planers.
All that it takes is a few Popsicle sticks equal to the number of springs for each section. First, insert the springs, then with the section a couple inches above the springs, start putting the sticks in place as shown in (A), placing the sticks on alternate sides so the spring force will hold them in place. Once all of the sticks are in place, (B), slide the section down over the springs then remove the sticks one at a time. Next, slide the collar onto the roller assembly and secure it as in (C), so you won't accidentally push the sections off of the springs when installing the remaining sections. Now do the same thing with the next section (D), slide in place (E) and remove the sticks (F). Keep repeating the same steps until all of the sections are in place.
You might want to lubricate the sticks with wax to allow the sections to slide easily. If you have problems sliding the sections into place, just wrap your hand around the sticks over the springs and tighten your grip compressing all of the springs at once while working the section into place.
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