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Just blew the head stock bearings

by Jack Lewis
posted 02-08-2018 10:40 PM

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#1 posted 02-08-2018 11:07 PM

Grizzly is notorious for using cheap bearings. Good ones should last a very long time, yet it is not unusual to hear about Grizzly machines needing replacement within a year or two. I sure hope you didn’t order the replacements from Grizzly! If you did… you may want to go ahead and order a couple more from a reputable bearing supplier so you have them on hand for next time :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 02-09-2018 01:19 AM

Brad hit the nail on the head.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 02-09-2018 01:37 AM

Ditto. If it’s a common size 6200 series it should cost less than 6-7$ apiece and that’s for the bigger of the sizes.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 02-09-2018 03:53 PM

SKF bearings or nothing – $35 each.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#5 posted 02-09-2018 08:37 PM

Yeah, I spend a little extra and buy good quality bearings. USA, Germany, Japan, anywhere else.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 02-10-2018 02:02 PM

When I was younger and did more turning, I thought it was normal to replace the bearings every year, now
they seem to last several years.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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