I'm wondering if someone can coach me on the following problem.
A few weeks ago, in the middle of some jointing, my 6" ridgid jointer (about a year old, not much used), started a rattle/knocking. I completed the jointing job --jointing does not seem to be affected-- and started looking for the rattle. It appears to be coming from within the motor (I can clearly feel the 'knocking' when I put my hand on the motor enclosure while it's spinning; there is no play in the pulleys; and the knocking/rattling does not tranfer to the cutterhead).
I really don't want to have to take the motor off and open it up, partly because I would not know what I'm looking at :-)
I know this is a long shot, but I'm wondering if the 'knocking' that I'm hearing is some sort of a 'standard' defect, something that someone who understands these motors immediately recognizes.
Bottom line is that I don't know what to do? Have the motor checked out somewhere?
Can you advise me?