|Forum topic by Kelly||posted 10-02-2010 09:55 PM||2988 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
10-02-2010 09:55 PM
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:
NationSkander California Corp