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Forum topic by murphy5900 posted 06-29-2020 11:38 PM 183 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2020 11:38 PM


I have an older (2003) and early Rikon RK14CS bandsaw. I cannot remove the bottom wheel no matter what I do. I removed the C clip after calling Rikon, but no luck. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 06-30-2020 05:26 AM

Several possibilities:

1) Use a 2 or 3 jaw puller:

The jaws rotate for inside or outside pull.
Prefer the 3 jaw if there is room between the spokes of the wheel?
Autozone loaner program will rent pullers for free.

2) Use a bearing separator:
These support the back side of hub/pulley better, providing there is space for the 2 opposite screws to attach to back plate. The back plate taper gets into a small space, and forces the bearing forward.
Autozone rents these for free too.

3) Use extreme brute force with a slide hammer:

If you get slide hammer set with 3-4 long ‘fingers’ for pulling bearings, can grab back of wheel hub and knock it loose.

Autozone rents slide hammer for free, but it is not a complete set. Some locations rent a large 3 jaw puller that has same threads as slide hammer. Rent both, replace the center screw with slide hammer threads.

I use ALL of these tools in this progressive order to remove stubborn bearings when I refurbish rusty old tools.

Hope this helps.
Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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