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Ridgid 14in Bandsaw #4: Motor Upgrade & Wheel Balancing

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Blog entry by Sarit posted 1087 days ago 1643 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Which casters should I use? Part 4 of Ridgid 14in Bandsaw series Part 5: Motor Wiring Questions »

I’m still unable to remove the lower axle. Banging w/ a 3lb mini sledge hammer either way moves it only 1/4”. Looking at the part on e-replacement parts makes it seem like i can bang it either way.

The rest of my update is here:
http://saritsblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/ridgid-14in-bandsaw-restoration-upgrade_29.html



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Camper

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#1 posted 1087 days ago

Hi Sarit, the only thing I can suggest is an arbor press which may not be viable if the rest of the saw is assembled. The other option is to cool the shaft/heat the bearings and the temperature difference may do the trick. Good Luck. Sometimes taking it apart may be a headache.

The other question is of course why do you suspect the bearings are shot? They are supposed to last a few decades if they are sealed, which they look to be.

-- Tampa-FL

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Sarit

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#2 posted 1086 days ago

The bearings aren’t exactly shot yet, but there is enough friction that I can’t balance the lower wheel. Since I’m already gonna be ordering bearings, I figure I might as well replace these too and save on the shipping.

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lilredweldingrod

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#3 posted 1086 days ago

Sarit, are there any keeper rings or E-clips on the shaft at the bearings? Is there any visible rust around the bearings?
I wish we were closer, this is the stuff I love to work on. If you want, give me a call at 661-264-6431.
Rand

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Sarit

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#4 posted 1084 days ago

I don’t see any rust around. I don’t have any diesel or STP, but I’ll try a couple more squirts of WD40 to see if that loosens it up. I did managed to wrangle the last e-clip off the shaft. I’ll give it another shot tonight.

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papadan

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#5 posted 1084 days ago

I have one of the original BS1400 saws and have not had any of the problems that the later models have had.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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