Replacing paddles Original Message Dec 3, 2012 7:18 pm
I have an old Noma SS 3.5hp machine, (actually it is my father's machine). It is approx. 20 years old and the rubber paddles are showing some wear. It is not at the point where there is a finger's worth of clearance between the rubber and the machine. The original paddles are riveted in place. Anyone have any experience on removing these? I was wondering what the best removal method is, (oscillating tool, sawzall, drill out heads, etc.?) I see replacement paddles on ebay and at other internet sites and am considering changing them over if it not that big of a deal.
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Re: Replacing paddles Reply #2 Dec 5, 2012 8:48 am
i would try drilling them out first because it might be the fastest and easiest. if you can't get the drill in to the right spot or the rivets start to spin then i would revert to a dremel tool with a grinding stone bit. the bit can be held at right angles to the rivets to remove most of the material and then a tap with the right diameter punch will displace them the rest of the way.