56180 Generator – Spark Plug Change


The WEN 56180 is a compact 1800 watt generator. Because of its small size, you will need to remove the tank in order to change the spark plug.

pry hose

Begin by removing the fuel hose from the shut-off valve under the tank.

SHUT OFF gas first, then slide the hose to the left to remove it from the valve. It sometimes helps to use a screwdriver tip to loosen the hose from the spigot.

fuel hose off

With the hose removed, it is time to remove the rear brace of the generator frame.

brace reattach

Remove the two screws and pull the brace towards you.

cross brace B cross brace A

Once the brace is removed, locate the four screws that hold the tank to the frame.


Now remove the screws and set them aside.

tank screw replace

Lift the tank out of the way and remove the spark plug boot.

tank off

Remove the spark plug with the Wrench provided OR a 13/16″ spark plug wrench.

plug wrench

Clean the tip of the plug with a wire brush or replace it with an NGK brand BP6HS plug.

Gap to 0.028 to 0.031 inches.

plug brush

Reinstall the plug. Begin hand-tightening with your fingers to make sure you do not cross-thread the plug. Snug up the plug with the wrench. Do Not over-tighten.

plug wrench

Reattach the tank. Line up the four holes in the corners of the tank. and tighten the four screws.

tank align tank screw replace

Reattach the rear brace with the two screws on the back of the brace.

brace reattach cross brace A

Reinstall the hose on the shut-off valve.

reatach hose

Keep your tools in a safe place with your Owner’s Manual so you’re ready to go the next time.


Low Speed Only -VS Drill Press


WEN 4212 and 4214 Variable Speed Drill Presses occasionally get stuck in the lower speeds. Here’s how to correct the problem.

These drill presses change the speed by opening and closing the pulley halves as you move the speed control lever on the left side of the housing.

stuck open

If the rear pulley (the one above the motor) gets stuck in the open position, the drill press will not be able to produce the higher speeds.

Begin by opening the belt cover and removing the belt.

replace belt

Now, remove the snap ring from the pulley shaft in the BACK.

remove snapring

Next, loosen BOTH set screws with a 3mm Allen wrench.

remove set screw B remove set screw A

Now lift off the upper and lower pulley halves.

remove up pulley remove low pulley

Apply a small amount of auto chassis grease on the motor shaft.

apply oil to shaft

Reinstall the pulley halves on the motor shaft.

remove up pulley

Push both pulleys firmly onto the shaft and tighten ONE set screw temporarily.

psuh down tighten set screw

Next, reinstall the snap ring, making sure it is seated in the groove on the motor shaft.

replace snap ring

Now, loosen the set screw and gently allow the pulleys to rise up to the snap ring. Tighten BOTH set screws.

allow upper pulley to rise

Reattach the belt and close the belt cover.

replace belt

Test the speeds. NOTE: Never move the speed control handle when the drill press is off. Always allow the motor to come up to full speed before adjusting the RPM of the chuck.

Drill Press Table Assembly

When assembling your WEN Drill Press you might have trouble assembling the Table to the Column. Try as you will, you cannot tighten the Table so it stays in position on the Column.

The solution is simple. You need to install the Lock Handle from the LEFT SIDE of the housing so it pinches the Table Support.

Here’s a picture:

lock handle install

Compressor Motor Seized Up

When a compressor is turned on without enough oil in the pump the motor will run briefly and then seize up. It will hum for a few seconds before the circuit breaker trips.

All is not lost. It is possible to save the compressor in most cases, but it will take a little work to fix it. You need to free up the shaft again and work some oil back into the bushings.

Our example here is a Power Pro 22060, but other models have a similar design.

You will need some compressor oil (30W), a 13 mm open end wrench and an 8mm nut driver.

First unplug the compressor from the outlet and unscrew the air filter.

replace air filter

Next, with the 8mm nut driver remove the motor cover screws. There are three on each side.

remove motor cover screws

Lift the motor cover up enough to remove the motor mount screws from the center of the housing on BOTH sides.

remove pump mount screws

LOOSEN but do not remove the other motor mount screws. These screws are in the elongated holes. Slide the motor and pump assembly away from the switch box and handle area. Doing this will give you room to remove the motor cover and work in the fan area.

loosen motor screws slide back

Lift the cover off the motor and set it aside.

remove motor cover

At this time ADD compressor oil to the reservoir up to the red dot on the sight glass.

check oil level and add

Now find your 13 mm OPEN END wrench.

use 13 mm wrench

The 13 mm wrench is just the right size to turn the motor shaft by hand. There are flat spots on the shaft that will engage with the wrench. Push the head of the wrench firmly against the retaining clip and turn the motor shaft COUNTER CLOCKWISE as shown below.

turn shaft counter clockwise

Turn the shaft with the wrench 20 full rotations. You should feel the motor shaft getting easier to turn each time.

At this point you should be able to turn the shaft by hand, gripping the fan and turning. Take care here. If the shaft is still too tight the fan will be ruined by spinning on the motor shaft. If it is still too hard to turn use the wrench method for another 20 turns. In most cases it will be free enough to turn by hand.  Turn the fan blade 30 turns.

turn fan by hand

Now slide the motor back into position and tighten the motor mount screws.

move motor and tighten screws

With the motor cover still OFF, temporarily install the air filter, plug in the compressor and turn on the switch. KEEP AWAY FROM THE FAN.

plug in and turn it on

If the motor doesn’t run the reset switch may have tripped when the compressor seized up. Push in the reset button and try again.

push in reset

Let the motor run for a few minutes, allowing the compressor to build up about 60 psi.

Turn off the compressor and unplug it from the outlet. Unscrew the air filter. Replace the motor cover and screws. (You may need to loosen the motor mount screws and slide the motor forward to reinstall the motor cover. Be sure to slide the motor back into position and tighten the mounting screws BEFORE you install the cover screws.) Screw in the air filter again.

remove motor cover screws

Some models (such as the 22201) have the gauges and switches on the SIDE. These are even easier to work on. You do not need to move the motor. Simply take off the motor cover and go to work with the 13 mm wrench to loosen up the shaft.

20 gal no need to move motor

Installing a New Cord – 56663 Snow Blaster

In order to change the cord on the Snow Blaster 56663 Electric Snow Thrower you will need to open up the switch box on the handle.

First, remove the instruction label from the side of the switch box. If you remove it carefully, you can use it again later.

remove label

Next, remove these Phillips-head screws and set them aside. You do NOT need to remove the two screws that go through the handle. The box is hinged to allow you to separate the halves, like opening a book.

remove screws

Pry apart the box halves. Note the position of the two springs. One spring puts tension on the handle bar. The other causes the red button to spring out after it is pressed.

note spring positions

Now, remove the two screws holding the white cord clamp in place.

remove cord clamp

Remove the cord and switch from the housing and remove the leads from the switch. The cord assembly should look like this.

remove wires from sw

Using a hair dryer or heat gun, carefully heat up the strain-relief block until you can pull the cord loose from the molding. Do not apply too much heat or you will melt the strain-relief.

heat wire and pull loose

Cut the connector holding the three white wires together and clip the black wire as shown. Do NOT discard the loose wires as they will be used later to connect the new cord to the switch.

cut points

Slide to old cord out of the strain-relief block and slide the new cord in. The pigtail cord should be a 2-wire SJTW-rated cord with a weather cover on the plug, 16 awg. Use wire nuts (or crimp connectors if you have a crimping tool) to attach the wires.wire nuts

The wires are connected as follows:

The White lead connects to the White wire that goes down to the motor AND to the White wire with the spade connector on it.

The Black lead connects to the Black wire with the spade connector.

Position the Switch so that the ON position of the rocker is facing UP. Connect the Switch as follows.

The GREEN wire goes on the TOP LEFT lug of the Switch.

The WHITE wire bundle goes on the CENTER LEFT lug of the Switch.

The BLACK wire coming up from the motor goes on the CENTER RIGHT lug of the Switch.

The BLACK wire coming from the new cord goes on the BOTTOM RIGHT lug of the Switch.

The TOP RIGHT and BOTTOM LEFT lugs are not used.

switch wiring ID

Place the wires back into the cord clamp and secure the clamp back into the switch housing with the two screws.

Make sure the Springs are back in position and the Switch is installed with the Green wire on top and the ON position facing UP.

note spring positions

Secure the box halves by reinstalling the screws. Replace the label.

Hint: To prevent strain on the cord in the future, be sure to secure the extension cord to the hook device built into the handle as shown below.

secure extension cord





Trigger Switch – WEN 70711 Miter Saw

The switch on the WEN 70711 Compound Miter Saw is replaced by removing the carrying handle from the top of the unit, then removing the screws that hold the handle halves together. The upper and lower halves form a clamshell that holds the trigger switch in place.

To replace the switch you will need to remove the two screws holding the switch to the lower handle housing.

two screws

Just in case you didn’t make a note of the wires as you removed them from the old switch, here’s how it wires up. The BLACK wire comes in from the  LEFT conduit and attaches to the lower left lug as shown.  The WHITE wire (Pole #1) comes in from the RIGHT. If you follow it to the source it is one of the power cord leads. It should be connected directly above the Black lead (Pole #3 of the switch).

BW wires left end

The two WHITE wires coming from the motor are attached to the lugs on the RIGHT side of the switch as shown below Poles #2 and #4).

white wires from RIGHT

Changing the Auger Belt on a 56666 or 57030 24″ Snow Thrower

Begin by removing the black plastic belt cover between the engine and the chute by removing the two bolts with a 10mm wrench or a Phillip head screwdriver. belt cover 2Belt cover

Next release the tension on the auger cable (the one on the LEFT) by sliding the black plastic cable cover out of the way and removing the pin from the hole on the adjustable line board as shown below.

Cable cover removal

Now remove the cotter pin holding the chute direction control rod and pull the rod out of the bracket. Take note of the washer and plastic bushing and set them aside for reassembly.reattach chute rod

Next remove the 13mm nuts on each side of the auger housing. Remove all six nuts (both sides) and set aside the nuts and washers.

remove 3 bolts

Now separate the auger housing from the engine/wheel assembly. Leave the cable attached and separate the housings only enough to get access to the pulley.separate halves

Check the tensioner for free movement. Lubricate the pivot point if necessary.tensioner wheel

Install the new belt by threading it around the large, lower pulley. Be sure to thread the belt between the pulley and the brake tab on the lower right-hand side of the pulley. Push the tensioner forward to create space between the brake and the pulley.

brake tab

Now pull the belt upward, threading it to the side of the tensioner as shown below.lower pulley belt

Reattach the auger housing to the engine/wheel assembly with the six 13mm nuts and washers. Make sure the belt is still on the lower pulley. Tighten the nuts securely.push housings

Push the tensioner to the side and attach the belt on the small upper pulley by pulling slowly on the recoil starter rope.

upper pulley


  • The Auger Cable (Lifting the Lever on the handle will release the tension and make it easier)
  • The Chute Crank Hardware

Next start the engine and test the auger for proper operation. Check to see that the belt is properly tracking in the pulley and the tensioner is moving when you squeeze the handle. Adjust the cable as needed.

Replace the Belt Cover.








Table Saw WEN Model 3710 Bevel Adjustment

How to change the blade from this…this LR

to this..to this LR

The WEN 3710 Table Saw is capable of making bevel cuts from 90 degrees to 45 degrees to the left.

Here’s how to make the adjustments.

First, turn off the power switch and unplug the saw.  NEVER make blade adjustments with the saw running.

Now, locate the bevel lock handle.  It is located on the front panel, next to the crank that raises and lowers the blade.

bevel lock lever LR

To unlock it, just move it counterclockwise to the 3 o’clock position as shown below…unlock move LR…and swing the entire motor carriage to the side.  A firm grasp on the crank handle will allow you to position it where you want it.

There are degrees marked on the housing to help you find the angle you want. 0 degrees indicates the blade is straight up and down. 45 degrees means 45 degrees left of vertical.

This is what the scale looks like:

pointer and dial LR

To lock the bevel angle turn the lock handle clockwise until in locks into position, approximately 7 o’clock as shown below.

lock when set LR

Bevel cuts are useful for things like baseboard corners and seams.

Enjoy! And work safe!







Attaching the Flexible Shaft to the WEN 2305 Rotary Tool

Here is a VIDEO of the process for attaching the Flexible Shaft:

And here is a step-by-step version with photos:

Remove the black threaded collar on the end of the motor by twisting it counter-clockwise. (Set the collar aside for future use when you use the tool without the flexible shaft.)

remove threaded collar

Next, pick up the Flexible Shaft by the end with the LARGE diameter fitting so that you can see the end of the inner shaft (core) as shown below.

flex shaft in sleeve

Pull the inner core OUT about 3″. You may need pliers or tweezers to grasp it.

pull shaft out

Now, insert to core of the flexible shaft into the collet, just as you would any of the bits. Push the core in as far as it will go and tighten the collet nut. You will need to push the collet lock button to prevent the motor from turning as you tighten the collet nut.

insert shaft into collet

Now, screw the silver housing of the shaft on to the motor housing.

tighten flex shaft nut 2 motor

At the OTHER END of the shaft insert the desired attachment by locking the shaft with the chrome “L” shaped tool. This is done by inserting the tool into the hole on the side of the flexible shaft handle.

lock shaft to tighten tools

Select the collet that corresponds with the diameter of the bit you want to use. Insert the collet, secure the collet nut and attach the bit into the end of he handle and tighten the collet nut by turning it clockwise.

tools tight