Regreasing sheilded bearings.

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Forum topic by rebar posted 04-03-2010 06:42 PM 1257 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2010 06:42 PM

Hello. New here.

I Just bought a used rikon 14” band-saw which sounded great on inspection. Now I hear a intermittent howl from a bearing. It only howls with the blade on so I’m guessing a main wheel bearing.

Has anyone removed non removable shields? I’m debating removing one shield per bearing. Cleaning and re-grease with royal purple bearing grease and position the unshielded side to the inside.

Or wheres a good place to buy good new ones?


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#1 posted 04-03-2010 06:49 PM

Any industrial bearing distributor can duplicate them.
Also, try this site,
Do a search on the internet. There are tool parts all over.
Dont disassemble the bearings. They’ll be no good.
Have you made sure the band is tracking right so it doesn’t rub against anything it shouldn’t?


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#2 posted 04-03-2010 06:58 PM

You should be able to order bearings directly through a Woodcraft store. Just call them and tell them what you need. You probably can pull a bearing and find an over the counter replacement at a great price.

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 07:07 PM

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 08:51 PM

I’ve punched out a few shields on ball bearings, in order to clean/degrease/relube them. However, one you do that, you will have to keep greasing them frequently. I only did it to squeeze a little more use out of them. Sometimes, when you remove the shield, you discover that the stamped internal ball retainer is broken, and is the source of the noise. There’s no way to bring a bearing back to life if that is the case. Most bearings have a generic number on them, usually a 4 digit number. Note the stock number which is usually stamped into the shield! Be sure to get a bearing that is also shielded, one that is merely sealed with a rubber seal will do in a pinch but it will not last as long. I like VXB Bearings, They have a huge ‘store’ on eBay and they’re great to deal with.

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 01:44 PM

Thanks. Yes Iv narrowed down the noise to the guide bearings. Removed them and shot some triflow into them and presto! Quiet.

I will be using this saw to build remote control boats. 1/16 ply to maybe 1/2” and a little aluminum. Which blade would be a good all purpose or do I need a assortment?

Thanks again.

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