I know at least a couple of you would like an update. To those who are concerned that I am wasting my time and money, I get where you are coming from.
Most normal people wouldn’t even think twice before tossing this thing in the nearest recycling bin and moving on with their life.
I ain’t normal in case you haven’t figured that out yet.
For me, this isn’t about my time, my money or having a lick of common sense anymore.
It’s all about this now,
I’m not going to throw in the towel and admit this absolute piece of shit got the better of me.
I’m not overly concerned about getting the belt sander part working anytime soon but I would, at the very least, like to get the disc sander part working. Anything after that is just a bonus.
Finding the parts is the biggest obstacle. Irish was kind enough to find and send me a link to the Central Machinery Owners manual that does have a parts list. However trying to actually get any parts from those people is a lesson in futility.
It says right in the manual that they only want “certified and licensed” repair facilities to repair anything they sell.
I get that too. There are so many complete fucking morons stumbling around this planet who should not only be banned from even owning tools but who also seem to have a very serious propensity to randomly sue the living shit out of anyone who they even think might wind up sending them money, if for no other reason than to make them go away.
So parts, that’s the issue here.
Speaking of which, I did manage to pull a minor miracle out of my ass earlier today.
Surprised me totally.
As I was relaying in my last post, when I tried turning on the little electric motor on this thing to see if it worked at all, it made a horrendous noise as soon as it started spinning then quieted right down but it looked like the front bearing was bad.
Well, it was but that wasn’t the actual problem come to find out.
I also said that I had counted several missing set screws.
Well not only was the set screw missing out of the drive pulley on the motor, so was the friggin’ shear key. There was nothing holding the pulley onto the shaft and so the shaft would start spinning, the pulley would rattle around on the shaft until it finally got up to speed, which only took a fraction of a second. I literally pulled it off with my hand with no effort at all.
I can only assume at this point that some dumb motherfucker got a hold of this thing and after taking a bunch of shit apart and losing some of it, it was decided that because it belonged to a business that it would be cheaper and easier just to get a new one and give this to the first guy with his hand up. I bought it from that guy.
I figured that while I had the thing sitting there I would take the bearings off anyway and just replace them. I had already ordered new ones for the drive pulley for the belt off of Ebay last night. One has a groove in it for a circlip, the other is just a cheap skateboard type bearing. $7.00 for the first one, $7.99 for 7 of the other one with free shipping for all of them.
So fifteen bucks.
So I started trying to get the covers off the ends of the motor and had a little trouble but finally got the front cover off.
Then it was try to get the little bearing off, This proved to be a bit more difficult than I imagined but after I got the big puller on the fucker off it came, groaning on the shaft the whole way.
After I got it off I gave it a few spins and sure as shit, it had a bad spot in it.
I get to looking at the damn thing and a little light bulb went off in my head.
No way, it couldn’t be.
Bigger than shit, I actually had some of the little sonsabitches in a sleeve that I bought several months ago dirt cheap for some other hair brained project that escapes me at the moment.
I do remember that I got ten of them for ten bucks with free shipping.
What are the odds, eh?
So now, the deal is with these little fucking bearings is that you are supposed to heat them up a couple hundred degrees to get them back on without fucking a bunch of shit up.
Unfortunately, I no longer have a little Hot plate that would make this much easier to do.
Adapt and overcome.
I fucked up two of these old frying pans last week trying to burn the rust out of them by throwing them on a pile of charcoal and then filling them up before lighting the whole thing off and walking away.
Warped the shit out of the bottom of both of them.
Live and learn. Since they are junk now anyway, why not pour some 10W-30 in the fucker, use the little Mapp gas torch from underneath and stir fry me some bearings?
Worked like a charm.
Even better, even though they are sealed bearings, that hot oil got thin enough to get inside so now at least I know they have been lubricated at least once.
Got me a deep socket and a medium hammer and they both went on without a hitch.
I got the end covers back on, tightened up all the screws,pushed the little plastic fan back on the ass end, plugged it in and crossed my fingers.
Then the magic happened.
As quiet and smooth as a fart on a first date.
I threw it back together and then snatched up the pulley and headed to the fucking hardware store.
A dozen little metric set screws and a couple of small hunks of 5 millimeter keystock set me back another $11.23 for those keeping track of my expenditures here plus another maybe two hours total for the whole job, travel time included.
But now, no matter what happens from here, I have a decent little drive motor with new bearings and that plus the stand, is almost worth what I have invested in the fucking thing at this point.
Not even close if you consider what I make per hour but this is my time and I almost consider this kind of shit therapy.
That shit IS expensive from what I hear.
I love to tinker with shit like this in my spare time and this little project fits the bill perfectly.
So now my biggest problem so far has been locating that damn 9 inch backing plate. I have struck out over and over and over again there.
I may have one shot, I won’t know until I contact them tomorrow if I can remember to do it. If it actually comes down to it, I will buy the materials and have one made.
Grizzly sells one of these things and their parts break down shows the one they have using a nine inch cast iron backing plate.
If they do actually sell replacement parts then that would work just fine.
I have read where they are really good with their customer service too. They actually help their customers.
Such a concept!
I don’t know how they manage to stay in business thinking like that.
I just got off the Grizzly parts website and it appears they do indeed sell parts for these things and a replacement cast iron 9 inch disc runs about $36.00 plus shipping.
$49.04 parts, tax and shipped to my house, I just ordered the damn thing. That is a huge relief.
I can see a long distance love affair coming with this outfit….
So progress has been made, that fucking Chinaman got a black eye today and things are looking up here in Phil’s Temple of Tools.
As always, stay tuned.