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Walker-Turner Bandsaw Restoration


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Default Walker-Turner Bandsaw Restoration

I have a 1940's Walker-Turner 14" bandsaw I'd like to restore for use. Actually all it really needs is the blade guide ball bearings. The ball bearing I don't know what to do about is a NICE 6386. Its a ball bearing that is oriented as a thrust bearing and about 2" OD x 1/2" thk x 1/2" ID. The outside race is quite thick and the back edge of the saw blade runs against it. At some time it must have stopped turning and now has several deep groves worn into it. I swapped the shields side for side to run the blade on the other side but its very loud and often stops turning. It seems this bearing is no longer available but some have suggested a regular ball bearing with a collar machined, hardened and pressed onto it. If you machine a collar for press fit, then harden it doesn't that change the fit? Does anyone have ideas on how to fix it?
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Default Re: Walker-Turner Bandsaw Restoration

Go to sawblade.com and buy some proper guides with the bearing oriented the correct way. Running the blade against the side of the bearing is just wrong, even if most saws do it that way.
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Default Re: Walker-Turner Bandsaw Restoration

Nothing special about those bearings. Any bearing supplier can match the size and type.
Most band saws use a standard thickness outer race, but if you want the thick one like the OEM bearing, specify a "track roller." Here's an SKF catalog description:

http://www.skf.com/us/products/beari...ers/index.html
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Default Re: Walker-Turner Bandsaw Restoration

If I could find a hardened washer about 2" OD, I suppose I could just epoxy glue it to the side of most any bearing. Since I already have a standard bearing of the size I need I may just try looking for a suitable washer. I'm not ready to spring for $200 blade guides for a saw I wont use all that much.
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Default Re: Walker-Turner Bandsaw Restoration

Google search for 6386 bearing gets lots of hits, but for a tapered roller bearing. I'd find a bearing with same dimensions and go with it, worst case you make a collar and don't harden it, when the time comes make a new collar.
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