Tuesday and Wednesday, making more progress. Removed the 4 bearings in each column rod that rotate the chain sprocket underneath that controls the up/down of the lower bed. Also removed the far side bearing of the cutter head. Ordered 4 new OEM column rod bearings from: http://www.vxb.com/ that have the exact ” NACHI 6202ZE”, and same for the cutter head bearing “NACHI 6205ZE” (surprisingly, via a Amazon partner). Came to be about $8 each. VXB came highly recommended from a local machine shop. Was told to STAY AWAY from ‘China’ bearings, as these NACHI are Japanese.
I also took the 15” knife blades out and are having them sharpened for $8 each, locally by a professional outfit that does this on a very large industrial looking sharpening machine (I should ask to take a picture of it).
Two columns have completed their electrolysis, #3 is being cooked tonite.
-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"