Bandsaw Thrust Bearing Question

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Forum topic by davidroberts posted 02-12-2010 06:57 AM 2119 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2010 06:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: delta 14 bandsaw lower guide assembly thrust bearing

I have removed the lower guide assembly from my old 14” Delta bandsaw and proceeded to clean up that mess of rust, goo and glop. The lower thrust bearing is shot and I want to replace it. I could soak the whole thing in WD 40 to see if it will spin better, but probably not. So here’s a real simple question. How do I remove the bearing from the rod? Does anyone know of a simple method, without me having to buy a bearing puller. I have a couple of ideas but wanted some input from folks that have surmounted this challange. Thanks for your consideration.

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 05:16 PM

I am not familiar with the precise mechanism you have but could you remove any bearing retaining snap ring, set the bearing portion on some blocks of wood- or in a partially opened vice- and tap on the rod with a wood dowel? If the rod is really tight, you could use ammonia or brake fluid to act as a penetrating fluid.

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 08:46 PM

Have you tried a little heat from a propane torch and then some tapping?

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 08:59 PM

IIRC there is a screw that holds the bearing on the shaft. Remove the screw and replace with a bolt. Place the assembly in a vice and support the bearings with the vice jaws and tap on the bolt to drive the shaft out of the bearing.

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 12:31 AM

Hey MedicKen: I didn’t realize the nut was holding a sleeve on the rod. When I removed the nut, the sleeve and bearing fell right off in my hand. I ordered a pair from Highlands. Thanks!

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