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NickM


Joined: Mar 1, 2005
Points: 16

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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fleetfoot


Joined: Jan 23, 2011
Points: 19

Re: Replacing paddles
Reply #1   Dec 3, 2012 7:34 pm
I have drilled out the rivets in the past.
mkd55


Location: wisconsin
Joined: Dec 16, 2005
Points: 153

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. 
NickM


Joined: Mar 1, 2005
Points: 16

Re: Replacing paddles
Reply #3   Dec 6, 2012 8:41 pm
Thanks for the tips.  After the 1st snowfall (if we ever get any!) I will evaluate how well the machine performed and decide on replacements.  It sounds like it can be done in an afternoon. 
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