Table saw arbor lubrication

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Forum topic by Michael Kramer posted 03-10-2013 01:37 PM 2169 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Michael Kramer

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03-10-2013 01:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw maintenance

The sounds coming from my saw seem to tell me that it needs some TLC. I was a cabinet maker for 8 years in a great shop. We lived a pampered existence leaving the maintenance to our “lackey” but now I wished I would have payed more attention so I could bring that experience down to my basement shop.

Quick question: Is there any quick/fast rules to lubricating the arbor/bearings? I’m pretty certain that the belt is fine and the sounds I’m hearing are much more like a grind (subtle, not too drastic, but audible). My knowledge of machinery is limited, I’m assuming this is a pretty simple process.

I have an Enlon saw, It’s a 70’s/80’s Korean rip off of a Delta.

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 02:05 PM

The bearings are probably sealed, and would need to be replaced but I’m no expert. Do you have a manual?

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 02:49 PM

I agree with Tim, unless there is a grease fitting, the bearings are more then likely sealed and would need to be replaced. Sorry, but there probably isn’t a cheap and easy fix.

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Michael Kramer

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#3 posted 03-10-2013 05:45 PM

Indeed, and to no surprise it seems, I need to replace the bearings. I took off the belt and things felt a little crunchy when I turned it.

Thanks for your comments!

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 05:52 PM

Bearings for that saw are not expensive. Now that you have it disassembled, replacing them won’t be too difficult.

So the repairs will be a pretty cheap and easy fix.

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#5 posted 03-10-2013 07:18 PM

I replaced the bearings on my delta 34 444 cont saw. 50.00 or less for the bearings. The bearings fit alot of different applications bought mine from transmission rebuilding shop for trucks. easy fix in my opinion.

-- Bill Byron Center MI

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#6 posted 03-10-2013 07:27 PM

Perhaps one of you that think that it’s easy can give him instructions on how to do it.

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#7 posted 03-10-2013 08:35 PM

Surprising to have a bearing failure unless the saw has had a ton of use. What a bummer.

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#8 posted 03-10-2013 11:42 PM

Another source of bearings is Applied Industrial Technologies.

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#9 posted 03-11-2013 12:20 AM

I live in South Bend I.N. around here we have motion industry and bearing head quarters. my preference in bearings are sealed and don’t cheap out. While I was laid off I put bearings in my jointer head , planer motor, and the motor for my rotary phase converter (ROC). The roc and planer I bought needing bearings cause they weren’t hard to change, the jointer is a mid 50’s delta and the bearing guy said they were probably original. I would expect to spend around $20-$30 apiece for good bearings. if you look closely there are numbers on the bearing shields those can be cross referenced to a modern part number, they may still have the same part number. You can search the part number on line and get them from anywhere, but I like to take them to the store and have them make sure they are a dead match and the best I can get. like I said don’t cheap out unless you want to do it again.

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