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Thread: New guide bearings on the Craftsman 22401 14" Bandsaw

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    New guide bearings on the Craftsman 22401 14" Bandsaw

    I've posted this over on SMC and Woodnet, but I thought someone here might be able to use this.

    If you haven't replaced your guide bearings yet, be prepared to. I had a grand total of maybe 10 minutes on my new 22401 when it started slinging grease.

    Metal seal completely gone


    Use the 22401's included hex wrench for removal


    Everything will be reused except for the bearing itself


    The biggest lump of grease left by the bearings


    All of the bearings are removed in the same fashion



    The tube of 10 new bearings were bought on Ebay.


    Reuse the hardware including the sleeve


    Reassemble in reverse order



    All I have to do is replace the bottom bearings and I'll be done!

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    Looks better in red as well

    Sucks that Sears did not cover this.

    Thanks for posting!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    I, too, have the 22401.
    Fortunately, the rear guide bearings on mine are are shielded.
    But, they don't look as nice as those you are installing.

    Could it be yours had a bearing that was mis-applied and others were correct?
    Carry on, regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Mahon View Post
    I, too, have the 22401.
    Fortunately, the rear guide bearings on mine are are shielded.
    But, they don't look as nice as those you are installing.

    Could it be yours had a bearing that was mis-applied and others were correct?
    My bearings had shields too. My top one spun the shield off within the first hour. I had one bearing start leaking within the first ten minutes. Five of the six were leaking when I changed out the bearings.

    The rubber shields on the new bearings are designed to keep out water and dirt. I have about 3 hours on the new bearings and they look and perform like new. Check back with me next year.

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    That is one reason I do not deal with sears. Atleast it will be set for atleast a few years.

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    Thanks that little pearl of wisdom Jim.
    I'll be sure to keep an eye on it.
    Carry on, regardless.

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