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Forum topic by beamrider posted 10-30-2010 02:26 AM 1852 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2010 02:26 AM

If this is posted in the wrong place, I apologize, I wasnt sure where to put it.

I’m thinking the bearings on the top wheel need replaced, the wheel doesnt seem to spin freely, at least not to me. The bottom wheel, if the blade and belt are removed, will spin until the momentum dies. The top wheel, on the other hand, seems to stop a LOT quicker. Not to mention that the bearings seem to “click” every second or two, and make what I’d call a ” soft grinding WHIRRRRRR” sound. So with that in mind, I’m wondering if anyone has
any suggestions as to some good sealed bearings for this poor wheel. Also, if anyone near Columbus Ohio has any suggestions for a place to get both wheels trued and balanced, I’d be happy to hear those as well. I figure if I’m going to be pulling the wheels off anyway, I might as well get it all done at once.


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#1 posted 10-30-2010 06:35 AM

The age of the machine would be interesting data here, beamrider.

Bearings are commonly found in the yellow pages (remember them?) under, I think, “power transmission.” These places usually have a front counter and an old guy name Emil who knows every part number by heart. He’s the one to ask, and make sure he understands that you’re not shopping price.

The clicking and slow spin are sure signs it’s time to replace the bearings. If the machine has a lot of miles, might as well do the lower wheel too. If, however, it’s relatively new and hasn’t been rode hard and put away wet, you may just be dealing with an early failure up top.

As for balance, I’d check the web to see if there is a how-to. In all the bandsaws I’ve owned, I’ve never felt like this was ever an issue.

I can’t remember ever replacing a wheel bearing in a BS but I keep a spare set of guide and backing bearings on hand for both of mine. As long as you’re buying bearings, you might consider this. When they fail they are noisy and annoying, and relatively easy to replace.

Let’s hear from some more LJs…

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 11:48 AM

For the bearings call accurate bearings, ask for Lynn. Tell her you are from wood working machines). I think folks from that website get a group discount. Lynn is quite knowlagable, an very helpful. Have all your info in front of you because wood workers keep her quite busy.
Good luck

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 02:38 PM

+1 on Lynn. For balancing, the ultimate is in Wiki pages at OWWM. I used duct tape and loose change, but otherwise the same.

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 03:34 PM

Check at an electric motor repair shop. They have a very large selection of bearings.

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 05:03 PM

The sad thing is, this machine is not quite a year old, and hasnt seen much mileage at all. I’ve never been able to get everything to fall into place with it, and it has sat in a corner, with nothing thrown at it but mean looks once in a while. So I’m finally ripping it apart piece by piece to get it working the way it should.

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#6 posted 10-30-2010 05:06 PM

+2 fro Lynne at accurate

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#7 posted 10-30-2010 05:22 PM

For replacement bearings of almost any kind, try The full name is Applied Technologies. If they don’t have it, no one does.

As for balancing what ever you are trying to balance. try heavy copper wire. As soon as you get the balance, secure it with epoxy.

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