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Forum topic by Scott posted 09-26-2018 06:21 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2018 06:21 PM

I just picked up a Bridgewood BW8J 8” jointer. I know they went out of business a while ago. But does anyone have a PDF copy of the manual they could send? I’m going to need to replace the bearings in the future and am hoping they have a parts list in there which lists the bearing size.

Anyone have experience with this machine? I’m looking forward to cutting chips with it! I upgraded from a Grizzly G1182.

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#1 posted 09-26-2018 06:33 PM

If you can’t find the manual, this might be an option:

Also too, the old bearings may have numbers on them.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 09-26-2018 06:53 PM

hopefully someone here has a manual and will be nice enough to make you a copy,you might also try the guys at sawmill creek.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 09-26-2018 09:53 PM

FWIW – Pretty sure that Bridgewood sold the same Geetech (Chiu Ting Machinery Co., Taiwan) produced OEM branded 8” jointer that many other folks sold. Will likely find that the Jet JJ-8CS and Grizzly Taiwan produced 8” jointer’s from same time frame are identical; and you can use their manuals and parts listings. Geetech tools were also sold under the Sunhill brand in USA. There is an ebay seller ‘thetoolsupermarket’ who sold Accura branded jointer tools that were Geetech produced.

Good luck on finding bearing numbers in parts list. Most times I find all they list is OEM PN, and seldom list the complete PN for shield/seal type (I recommended double shielded type). When I redid mine, the cutter head bearings are standard 6200 series, just pull them and most any local bearing shop should have a set on the shelf. PS – If all you want is bearing numbers, might get lucky and find a shellix conversion site that will list the bearings used on cutter head. :)

Best Luck.

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#4 posted 09-26-2018 10:18 PM

CaptainKlutz, why would you recommend double shielded bearings instead of sealed bearings? Bearings are cheap in general and the sealed bearings won’t let in ANY saw dust so they should last longer than shielded

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#5 posted 09-26-2018 11:22 PM

I say…tear it all down to individual components! ‘O what fun you will have!
I’ve done it on 4 heavy duty machines so far, one was my 8” GeeTec dovetail way jointer. Well, it came in pieces and I had to order some replacements but still!
I vote, tear it down and rebuild.
There are slight differences with these 80’s cloned 8” jointers. Loma Tools told me Jet & Grizzly parts (handwheel rod thread) would not work. I do have a PDF around here somewhere if you think the GeeTech is similar to your’s.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#6 posted 10-01-2018 01:16 AM

BUMP. Anyone have a manual for this jointer?

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#7 posted 10-01-2018 02:22 AM

Not much out there on the web. Jointers are pretty basic machines. When the time comes, just tear it down and take the old bearings to your local store. They should not have any problem matching it up.

-- John

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#8 posted 10-01-2018 02:29 AM

BUMP. Anyone have a manual for this jointer?

- Scott

Wilke machinery was the only distributor for Bridgewood. Something happened between Wilke and their supplier/ builder and wilke quit improtating them. Then at some point Wilke went out of business. But, Curt the owner is still in business under C.H. Wilke, Inc. and is now a dealer for Power-matic.. Steel City.. etc. He has about 90% of parts for Bridgewood and Yorkcraft on hand.

This information is a bit old so I don’t know if it is still valid. I would certainly call CH Wilke INC at 717-764-5000 and see what they say.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 10-01-2018 03:37 AM

I don’t see why you would need a manual if the machine is already assembled. Most woodworking machine manuals are as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
Take that thing apart and be it’s master

-- Aj

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#10 posted 10-02-2018 05:11 PM

I am stripping it down and going to rebuild it. I was trying to find the manual so I could pre-order my bearings. I ended up spending a little time yesterday and removed the cutterhead and bearings. I was able to pull the bearing size off the current ones.

Thanks for all your input though. I also thought it would be nice to have a manual laying around. Not the end of the world not having one.

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#11 posted 10-02-2018 05:23 PM

That’s the spirt Scott, thanks for the update.
Good luck with your project

-- Aj

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