Handyman, My life


The problem with tools is they get old. I went out to the shop last night to do more work on the cedar beams, and Dad’s belt sander broke down.

My first thought was that the brushes (carbon contacts in the motor) had worn out. I opened up a port (the little round hole in the case) and saw that the brushes are fine.


So I opened the case (sorry, forgot to take pictures of that process, but it’s a simple matter of removing screws and prying the case apart), and found this. Take a look at those ball bearings.


I took a picture of the plate with the model number on it to look for parts on line.


So right now I’m chatting with a Sears parts specialist. He’s going to send me the bearings, front and back. But he doesn’t have information on how to get them off. I’ll have to keep searching.


6 thoughts on “Aaargh…

  1. Uh, WHAT ball bearings? šŸ˜€

    That bearing looks to be pressed onto the shaft. Oh joy. I’ve been known to remove them with a portable grinder, though through experience have learned to drop down to the Dremel for the last of it in order to avoid scoring the shaft.

      • I’ve done that too, with a vice open enough that it didn’t score the shaft, and plenty of Aero-Kroil or CRC Knock’R Loose in there to help the parts that have been married for so long to acknowledge that it was time for parting of the ways. (50:50 ATF and MEK works, too. If you can get MEK.) It always took a little more than what I’d call tapping, though. I’ve what used to be a 4″ 3/8″ drive socket extension that is now my force-transference basher tool and a BFH force applicator for such things. My fingertips hurt just thinking of it, though.

        Best of luck to you no matter how you go about it!

  2. I’m surprised Sears even dreams about having the replacement parts. These are the days of lighters built to last a week, exactly. We always farmed with 1940’s Farmalls, and overhauled them almost yearly. In those days, the 50s and 60s, a grown man was expected to do what you are doing as a routine part of life. But hey, today, in contrast, you are SPECIAL, ‘that mechanical genius down the street’.
    HH’s suggestions ring of experience. I try them all,one by one. And add propane-torching just the bearing race, although it’s tough in your situation. Plus residual MEK is flammable, I believe. ‘God-speed’, if that helps

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