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okwoodshop

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11-26-2011 08:01 PM

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My craftsman 6in jointer started making a terrible noise today. Cutterhead bearings I am sure. While looking for parts I came across an old thread from socaldj about where he was restoring the exact same model jointer as mine. However the thread just stops and I was wondering what happened. Anyway has anyone else replaced bearings and is it a tough job? and advice would be appreciated. P>S> I do have some basic mechanical skills but am not goober pyle. thanks


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#1 posted 11-27-2011 01:18 AM

Pull the bearings and go down to the local auto parts store. They can probably find you a match for about $4 a bearing. If it’s an auto parts with a machine shop, they can remove and reinstall the bearing for you.

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#2 posted 11-27-2011 01:40 AM

I think I remember the thread you are talking about. Didn’t he pick up a jointer and have it restored then he bent the sheave on the cutter head? It was a 2 1/2 inch sheave with a 5/8 bore. When that happened he said this is enough and he bought another working jointer and said he was going to part that one out and sell it off. Have you tried to private email him? I thought he made a bad decision if everything was like I read it. He had all the work complete and he only needed a $15 part to have it running.
You can go to a bearing supply house and get those bearings for just a few dollars.

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#3 posted 11-27-2011 02:13 AM

I just took a 4” craftsman apart. The bearings came out pretty easy. I don’t think you’ll have to many problems getting it apart.

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#4 posted 11-27-2011 06:33 AM

While you have it apart go ahead and get some machined steel sheaves. They are far superior to the cast aluminum and you will probably ruin the aluminum sheaves removing them. Bearings shouldn’t be difficult. get good bearings and you won’t regret it.

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 04:26 PM

+1 for grandpa’s comment.

If the auto parts idea doesn’t work, try Power Transmission in the yellow pages. These folks specialize in bearings and sheaves and aren’t just part number readers.

Recently I changed out the bearings in my Powermatic 66, again. They had failed way too soon. The smart counterguy asked me some questions and sent me back to my owner’s manual/parts diagram and we discovered that the bearings on there were way wrong. The correct ones were spendy, but much better and I am convinced will last much longer. The others weren’t made for the rpms that the saw runs. This was a good lesson for me.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 11-28-2011 05:25 AM

I live in Duncan Oklahoma. this is a town with 22-23,000 people but it is an oilfield town. We have a store that has bearings, keys and related items. We have 2 stores that have fasteners (bolts and nuts). We have a store that has belts, sheaves, flanges and related items. I couldn’t buy a stick of hard maple in 75 miles but I can repair any machine you have if we are not speaking of proprietary parts. Interesting how things work. Good luck with your repair.

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#7 posted 11-28-2011 03:28 PM

Thanks for all the advice/tips, going to tear into it today and see how bad things are. My brother works at advance auto parts so maybe he can help with bearings and sleeves. GRANPA funny you should mention maple, thats what I was plaining when the noise got so bad. One thing about Tennessee, there is no shortage of lumber around here.

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#8 posted 11-29-2011 10:55 PM

Well, got my bearings from an auto parts store just like you suggested. I actually found them online very cheap but the shipping was going to be more than the bearings and I am not a big fan of waiting. There were no sleeves or sheaves. I did destroy a retaining ring that I didn’t see so put all new ones in. Also replaced the belt which was really worn. Now somehow I have messed up the switch. It has been acting up lately so guess it was just it’s time to go. Sears no longer carries this switch so I am going to have to improvise, I will go to Lowes and see what they have or order from Grizzly,(again not a fan of waiting). If anyone else is planning a similar rebuild I would suggest one-shop around for parts,there was a big difference in prices .Two,get a buddy to help—I could have used extra hands a couple of times. I didn’t clean it up as good as I would have liked to but I am going to use it tomorrow anyway so.The first pic is the after the others are before and the old bearings which I dented getting off.Thanks again for the advice and tips.

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#9 posted 11-30-2011 12:45 AM

Went back out to the jointer and took apart the switch, cleaned the contacts with some sandpaper and wa-la I am back in business.I hate for something to beat me.

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#10 posted 11-30-2011 02:36 AM

I love it when a plan comes together! LOL Glad to hear things worked out for you. I have 2 of those jointers. I have owned one for years and then an uncle gave me his. He was cutting back on his hobbies. I use them all the time. Not the best ever built but they work pretty well. I have a friend that has a 4 inch Rockwell. He never like to use it. I couldn’t figure out why. He bought a garage full of equipment from a widow and he got one of these. He has been well satisfied with it. Glad to hear things are working for you once again.

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#11 posted 11-30-2011 04:34 AM

Wa-la? What is this wa-la you speak of? God, I hate it when people butcher the language!

voilà —used to call attention, to express satisfaction or approval, or to suggest an appearance as if by magic

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voil%C3%A0

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#12 posted 11-30-2011 04:58 AM

Never heerd of sich down hear in tenesee,corse we ain’t got no injun-ears down hear since we run off them ol cherokee boys.

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#13 posted 11-30-2011 05:12 AM

Wa-la….maybe EEngineer doesn’t speak Cherokee either? You guys ran those Cherokees boys off to my state. You know I can’t play a voila either so I guess that is okay.

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