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Forum topic by Kelly posted 10-02-2010 09:55 PM 2968 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2010 09:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pwbs-14cs 14 bandsaw 14 band saw bandsaw bearings band saw bearings powermatic bearings guide bearings guide bearing powermatic

I have a Powermatic PWBS-14CS 14” band saw with bearing blade guides. Shortly after I got it, one of the guide bearings froze. I bought a replacement for around sixteen bucks. Ouch.

A couple weeks ago, I swapped to a re-saw blade from a scroll blade and, in my hurry, I didn’t gap the bearings to the blade. After cutting a few cherry blocks, I started having problems with intermittent dragging and a little smoke. I stopped and, when I checked things, found four lower bearings froze. I wandered all around the net and the replacement prices ran in the $18.00 per bearing price range. Ouch, again.

I went and found a battery for my calipers, measured the bearing, then ran the number (608ZZ10) on the Net. I found a company selling “10 Bearing 608ZZ 8×22x7 Shielded 608Z” for around five dollars, plus seven for shipping. I ordered them and they arrived in a nice plastic tube a couple days later. They fit perfectly, and are running fine (it’s been a couple years now).

Counting all ten bearings I received, that was about a $148.00 savings and I can afford to keep several on hand.

For reference, I’ve listed the company I bought from below, but you could also check with local bearing houses and other net suppliers: Bearings

NationSkander California Corp
2165 S Dupont Dr Unit F
Anaheim CA 92806
Tel: (714) 442-2740
Fax: (714) 442-9740 .

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 03:57 AM

Thanks for sharing,

I’ve got the PM 14” as well. Its great to know I won’t have to pay $18.00 for those little bearings if I need them!

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#2 posted 10-03-2010 04:01 AM

At twelve bucks for ten, it’s nice to have a ten pack around, just in case you set the guides to tight (like I apparent have, twice).

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 04:32 AM

somebody’s got a high markup!

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 06:40 AM

Yes, I’ve bought lots of stuff from that VXB guy in California…on his eBay store. He’s great, and prices are good too.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 04:29 PM

Good info. I have a couple on my saw that make noise when cutting and the saw is new. I’ll bookmark this site. Thanks.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 05:25 PM

Thanks for this. I’ve bookmarked the site for future reference.

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