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Replacing a Material Feed Encoder


The material feed encoders are located inside the extended fan cover of the motor that runs the dogs through the saw.

NOTE: The encoders work to synchronize the two sides of the Retro C. If the saw loses synchronization or stalls it could be something mechanical, it may be that one of the encoders is starting to fail or it could be the connection of the encoder to the motor has broken.

STEP 1: Check for mechanical issues such as stalls or load issues. In order to check the load you will want to look in the calibration window for this material feed arm (NOTE: there are two sides & two encoders so you will need to look at each side separately). If the conveyor will run in sync with each other with no lumber in it try doing that first and check the load on the VFD drive.

If they can’t be run in sync with each other they can be checked by running them independently in the settings for each side.

Remove Encoder

  1. Lock out the Emergency stop on the machine.
  2. Remove the fan cover
  1. Inside the encoder will be located.
  2. Inspect for anything that could cause the encoder to malfunction
    • One or both of the metal tabs/clips that hold the encoder in place could be broken.
    • The set screw could be loose and the shaft is spinning but the encoder isn’t recognizing it.
  3. Remove the (2) screws on the spring clip that attach the encoder to the motor
  4. Remove the set screw for the encoder. NOTE: the set screw is recessed and not fully seen here.

5. Remove the encoder by sliding it off of the shaft.

NOTE: Sometimes there have been issues with customers “tightening” the set screw only to find out that the set screw they are tightening isn’t the correct one. See the example below of the wrong set screw.

Install New Encoder

Make sure that the new encoder is a 500 count encoder it has a shaft and looks like this:

Repeat steps 1-5 in reverse order.

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