Grizzly 14" band-saw thrust bearings

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Forum topic by Lee Leitner posted 01-20-2014 01:21 AM 2241 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Leitner

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01-20-2014 01:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I searched through the forums and have not found anything specific on this subject. I was wondering if any one has changed out the thrust bearings on a Grizzly 14” band-saw to the ceramics? If so what brand and what kind of results did you see. I love the griz saw but like most band-saws the thrust bearings have turned out to be the weak link. Any advice from experience would be much appreciated.

-- Lee

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 02:14 AM

Don’t know anything about Grizzly tools. I’ve avoided them actually. Just another one of those Chinese imitators. Hope you find your answers.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 02:29 AM

Ken, if you don’t know anything about Grizzly tools, you shouldn’t be putting them down. I have several and they have all served me well. But, I’m not sure that any other pieces of an other brand will be compatibale with Grizzly. They only make a few ZCI for Griz. If you do find some, let me know. I want them too.

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 06:55 AM

I’m interested in the info as well. I just picked up a used 14” grizzly 1019z. Parts seem to be pretty difficult to come by and the blade length is not standard (98”). The bottom thrust bearing is in need of replacement. May end up taking them to a local bearing supply store and seeing if they have a compatable size. I also can’t seem to locate any replacement tires. Actual wheels measure 15” in diameter and I don’t believe 14” replacement tires will work. Sorry Lee, not trying to hijack your thread!

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 12:49 PM

I’m with Junior, I have a Grizz bandsaw and a few others and have nothing but good to say about them. They are serving me well everyday.
Op-06, bearing should have a number on it (granted you may need a giant microscope to see it) local supplier should be able to match it or find a substitue if there is one.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 01-20-2014 01:00 PM

Our Grizzly 17” band-saw is seven or eight years old. It originally came with ball bearing guides. The bearings, though, were shielded bearings and had to be replaced pretty quickly. I replaced the thrust bearings with sealed bearings and installed ceramic disc guides. It’s run fine since and we process a lot of material.

I’m not sure if Grizzly is still using shielded bearings. If they are, get bearings elsewhere and get sealed bearings. Ball bearings are standard and you should be able to get them locally, even an auto supply store should have them. It will probably cost less to source your bearings locally.

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Jim Finn

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#6 posted 01-20-2014 01:28 PM

I replace any of the blade guide bearings on my GO555 with bearings from a local bearing supply house. About 1/2 the price of those from Grizzly and work perfectly.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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