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Forum topic by SweetTea posted 12-14-2017 07:15 PM 189 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SweetTea

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12-14-2017 07:15 PM

I am looking for some advice on replacing the arbor bearings on my Craftsman cabinet saw, model 351.221160. This is the only cabinet saw that Craftsman ever produced, (to my knowledge). I called Sears Parts Direct and was informed that the bearings were no longer available through them, but the guy said the model of the bears were 6004zz and that the arbor has two.

My question is; can I order some new bearings with just that number, 6004zz? Or should I wait until I get the arbor off and the old bearings out? I use this saw every day in my business so I want to minimize any down time. If so, does anyone happen to know exactly which bearings I should order?

One more question with regards to pulling the arbor out. Is it pretty much just like a UniSaw? Remove the top, remove the belt, pry off the arbor? Are there any other steps involved on this table saw versus a UniSaw? I would be very gracious for any help you guys could provide.


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#1 posted 12-14-2017 07:43 PM

You could order the bearings before disassembly, but it’s generally a much better idea to pull the old ones first to verify what you got – many of the old craftsman machines use metric bearings with an SAE bore dimension (typically 5/8”) – so it would be wise to make sure first. I’d also recommend going with sealed bearings (6004-LL / 6004-RS / 6004-2RS) instead of shielded (6004-ZZ). If you want to order them first and take your chances, give Lynne a call at Accurate Bearing and she will hook you up with some quality bearings, usually for cheaper than what you can find at places like VXB and other online sources (or even local sources).

Tip: If you are going to yank the table and have any sleds you made for it – mark the location of the table first before pulling it. A straight edge along the blade and some masking tape on the table to mark it front and back will get you back to pretty close to where you were originally.

Cheers,
Brad

edit: Just took a peek at the manual and it does list 6004-ZZ bearings on the arbor, so you are probably pretty safe ordering them first.

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SweetTea

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#2 posted 12-14-2017 08:06 PM



You could order the bearings before disassembly, but it s generally a much better idea to pull the old ones first to verify what you got – many of the old craftsman machines use metric bearings with an SAE bore dimension (typically 5/8”) – so it would be wise to make sure first. I d also recommend going with sealed bearings (6004-LL / 6004-RS / 6004-2RS) instead of shielded (6004-ZZ). If you want to order them first and take your chances, give Lynne a call at Accurate Bearing and she will hook you up with some quality bearings, usually for cheaper than what you can find at places like VXB and other online sources (or even local sources).

Tip: If you are going to yank the table and have any sleds you made for it – mark the location of the table first before pulling it. A straight edge along the blade and some masking tape on the table to mark it front and back will get you back to pretty close to where you were originally.

Cheers,
Brad

edit: Just took a peek at the manual and it does list 6004-ZZ bearings on the arbor, so you are probably pretty safe ordering them first.

- MrUnix

Thanks for the reply Brad. I will go ahead and order the 6004zz bearings and take my chances. Hopefully I can get the arbor off without too much of a headache. I have pulled a UniSaw arbor before with no issues, but I had a detailed article on how to do so. Hopefully my Craftsman cabinet saw will be similar enough that I don’t have any problems!

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#3 posted 12-14-2017 09:33 PM

Brad advised you about the bearings far better than I could have, but wanted to let you know that Craftsman has had a few cabinet saws in the past, but some of them are more hybrid saw than true industrial cabinet saw, depending on how you define that term.

The Craftsman 22692 12” was a fairly beefy 3hp industrial style cabinet saw…may be have been made by Dayton. I’m pretty sure there was also a 10” version of this saw like the one below. I think these were made around 2000.

This 22805 was made around 2010, and also looks to be a fairly substantial saw:

Your 22116 was made by Steel City/Orion, and is the successor to the 22124 that was made from roughly 2004 to 2008. Both are 1.75hp saws, and have lighter duty trunnions than a true industrial cabinet saw like a PM66 or Unisaw.

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SweetTea

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#4 posted 12-15-2017 10:33 PM

Does anyone else care to comment on the removal of the arbor on this saw? Is it pretty similar to a UniSaw?

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