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12-01-2021 11:45 PM

I have a 14” Rikon bandsaw (10-326) that I’m convinced needs the bearing replaced on the top wheel (i.e., extremely difficult to turn top wheel). I’ve purchased the bearing BUT, I’m having issues with removing the bandsaw wheel. I’ve removed the nut as well as the snap ring. Was hoping I could simply pull off at this point, but cannot. I’ve never performed this “repair” so looking for help. Any help/thoughts is appreciated.

For reference, I’ve been out to YouTube for videos, various woodworking forums (including here on LumberJocks) but have not seen examples of removing a wheel on a Rikon. Most other examples I have seen you simply remove the nut and the wheel can be removed from there. Again, not the case for me.

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#1 posted 12-02-2021 12:25 AM

It could be a tapered shaft so it ‘wedges’ on. Or it might be a straight axle with a key. The latter will have less tension but still not a loose fit.

Either way it will probably take a puller to pull it off the shaft. I wouldn’t expect it come off with just hand pressure.

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#2 posted 12-02-2021 02:38 AM

get a gear puller

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#3 posted 12-02-2021 04:09 AM

Why not contact Rikon technical support? Just spoke with them about another topic and they were very helpful.

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#4 posted 12-02-2021 04:11 AM

You can rent pullers from auto parts stores. You buy the kit, and when you return it, your money is refunded. I guess in general, you might have bought bearings from them, but that probably won’t stop the rental. Potentially, just spritz some penetrating fluid and let it sit. Or do what mikeber, the ninja, said. 8^D

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#5 posted 12-02-2021 04:52 AM

From the parts diagram, there is only a M8×16 hex screw and washer holding the wheel on. The two bearings in the wheel should be a light press fit, with an interference fit on the shaft, so it should come off fairly easily. Typically you can pull on the wheel by hand and tap the wheel shaft with a wooden mallet or similar to get it to pop off. Having three hands comes in handy. I would be VERY careful if you use a puller, as you can easily damage the wheel with one.


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#6 posted 12-02-2021 11:37 AM

You can either use one of the Delhi Escort Services that Kanish recommends (while the spammer’s links are still visible) or get yourself a wheel or bearing puller. Not that expensive and handy to have around.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 12-02-2021 02:14 PM

The wheels on the 10-326 should come off easily after removing the nut and ring. Perhaps the worn bearing or such created a ridge on the shaft preventing the wheel from being removed. I removed mine to replace the tires and it slid right off. Something is going on in there. Be careful.

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#8 posted 12-02-2021 02:51 PM

maybe tap some wood shims in behind it.

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