Robbo's Roundup 'Let's Torque'
Have you ever had that cutter block that won’t slide on a shaft nicely, or you’ve set the knives on the OMA stand and it won’t come off? You’re not alone; this can be caused by a small amount of dust in the block or on the shaft (we recommend any blocks set up but left on the bench or shelf, should have scrunched up paper jammed in the bore). Another potential cause could be a burr on the shaft (a common result from a saw blade directly on the shaft which is not ideal). It is never recommended to allow anyone to use emery paper or tape on a spinning shaft as this will cause irreparable damage to your machine. However, the most common cause is a distorted bore, this is caused by inconsistent tension on each knife. To avoid this, you MUST use a torque wrench set between 28-32 Nm and always tighten from the centre out. You should also use a “filler bar” in any empty knife pockets.