|Forum topic by lumberjoe||posted 255 days ago||573 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
255 days ago
So last night was one of those nights I should have just went to bed. I “broke” two of my key tools. I’d like to get some advice.
1. The planer. I have an older craftsman planer. This thing is a champ. I bought it 7 years old and heavily used. I’ve also put it through hell. It really has no business turning on. There is something going on in the rollercase. It makes a really high pitched wine and I am pretty sure the infeed roller isn’t spinning. It won’t catch a piece unless I really shove it in. The piece also has trouble making it all the way though. I waxed the table (I do this often anyway) but no help.
The replacement rollers and a chain would cost me about $130. This planer still runs like a champ otherwise. How big of a job is that and is it really worth it? I am fairly mechanically inclined.
2. My bandsaw. This is likely my fault. I think I really over-tensioned my blades in the past using the gauge on the back. I properly tension them now and the gauge isn’t even close (2 blade sizes off). The bearings in the lower wheel seized – well the rear one is locked up completely and the front one spins like it’s full of shrapnel.
Has anyone replaced these before? The bearings are a pretty common size and I am going to get a nice pair to replace them (6203z). Do they need to be pressed in, or can I seat them with a deadblow and a brass punch? There are snap rings on both sides which lead me to believe they are not machine pressed in. I’ll still use a bearing puller to get them out so I don’t damage the aluminum wheels.
For reference this is the Craftsman BAS350 (Rikon 10-320 with gray paint)