What does a Grizzly Bandsaw and a skateboard have in common?

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Forum topic by Dkol posted 09-08-2009 06:32 PM 4464 views 3 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2009 06:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly bandsaw bearing bearings 608zz bandsaw g0555


Bought a used Grizzly G0555 Bandsaw with riser block and HD mobile base last week. It was an estate item that had little use, but had been sitting for several years. Everything seemed to work fine, even though the blade was the OEM that came with the riser block. Got it home, unloaded and moved as far as the patio where it had to wait for a space to be cleared in my tiny shop. This was Thursday before Labor Day.

Friday, run up to Woodcraft and get a Timber Wolf 1/2” 3TPI blade so I can do some resawing. Get home from work, rearrange stuff and finally move the saw in the shop.

Saturday, chomping at the bit to start playing with my new toy. Started to install the new blade and discovered the blade tensioner and release not set correctly. Apparently this is quite common as the proper instructions were not included in the original manual. I had read this excellent review when I first considered buying a bandsaw that alerted me to the problem, thanks. Got the blade on and start to adjust the guides when I find the two lower guide bearings are frozen, “crap”.

Try finding bearings on a Holiday Weekend, the hardware store did not have the right size in stack, which was goood since they wanted $11 each. All commercial sources like Grainger were closed, and Woodcraft didn’t carry them. Hit the net and noticed that the bearing # 608ZZ came up quite often on skateboard supply sites. There is a skateboard store about a mile away and yes they did carry that size bearing. Evidently that is the standard size for most skateboards and skates. There was quite a range of options $1.50 each on the low end up to $20 each for “faster” bearings.

Long story short, the cheapest bearings work fine. Got the saw up and running and got to play this weekend. Just thought I would pass on an alternative source for parts in a pinch.

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 07:05 PM

For what it’s worth, the “Bones” brand “red” bearings used to be (and I assume still are) the best bang for the buck when it comes to skateboarding. They stay faster and smoother for longer than any other brand of sealed bearing that I’ve tried for skateboards and they’re on the low end of the price range.

I’ve never put them on a band saw, but I imagine the issues are pretty similar – dust is always the enemy.

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 11:41 PM

Right on!
I’ve used “VXB” bearings listed in an eBay ‘store’ for all kinds of applications. Thought their main market is skateboard bearings, they have just about any bearing/bushing/linear motion assembly you might need. Just do a search in eBay for ‘VXB’...and find the seller ”Irvineman”....they’re good people. Check their eBay store listings!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 12:30 AM

Wow, I also just recently picked up a used Grizzly G0555 band saw with riser block… probably the same exact setup you have with the OEM blade still too. Sure enough I just realized I have the same problem as you: frozen bearing on the bottom guides. I was searching Google for “608z” bearings and kept getting skateboard supply sites, but didn’t completely believe they were selling the same part. So I changed my search slightly and this post came up. I hadn’t even thought to search LJ forums yet, but now know I should start here more often!

Thanks for the advice everyone! I’m definitely just going to stop in at a local skate shop to see what they have.

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 02:45 AM

Thanks Dkol for this tip. I just got a new Grizzly and right out of the box on the first start up the lower bearing disintegrated. Grizzly is of course sending out a replacement, but it is nice to find a good alternative source for these from the local skate shop.

-- Jeff

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 03:31 AM

Bones Swiss bearings were the shizznit back in the day… I still have some…somewhere lol

yeah, just pick up some cheapies from the skate shop and you’ll be set. Could even get some Luckies and have green bearings… :)

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 03:39 AM

BTW, how do you mount the cool blocks anyway? The packages that I see from Rockler just have the blocks not the things that hold them. Is there something else you need to buy or does it come in the package with the blocks?

-- Jeff

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 04:55 AM

Reds are what I ride but they come in a set of 8. I think a fully enclosed bearing would hold up better on the band saw Nachi and SKF are good quality on the cheap (well were 15yrs ago)

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 09:48 PM

I have replaced all the guide bearings on my GO555 more than once. Grizzly wants about $12 each and I buy them from a local bearing shop at less than $5 each.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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