I haven’t been doing really any woodworking all summer, but now that the weather is changing it’s time to come back inside and get back to work. Last spring I made a couple of things using African super hardwood ekki reclaimed from a pier in the south street seaport after hurricane sandy. This stuff is like iron. It completely destroyed my planer, an old rigid tp1300 I bought off craigslist a couple of years ago. Well, by “completely destroyed”, what I thought was just hyperbole based on the symptoms of the machine not cutting well and bit feeding well – I thought previously that it just needed new blades and a general tune up. Tonight I attempted to start that tune up and found that some of the nuts that hold the blades in place are welded in place, by heat from misuse, I assume. Although prior to running the ekki through it, I very gently used it and had good results. This is my first blade change so I don’t know if the nuts were like this before I bought it or if they became that way when I used it on the ekki.
Anyway, I can’t get the old blades out at all. Is there any way to save this machine or should I bite the bullet and look for another one that I can’t really afford at the moment?