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  • Wadkin DR Thrust Bearing Rebuild

    Since I sold my other big bandsaw and I have more time now, I decided to get my big Wadkin DR bandsaw up and running. Giving everything a good look over before cranking it up I noticed the thrust bearing was not original and the factory design was superior. With the help of an instagram connection who has my version of the thrust bearing, I drew up some schematics and reached out to RedLee (Richard) to see if he would like to do some work that could be fairly easily mailed. Well he whipped it off in a jiffy and somehow got the mail system to work at a reasonable pace. The piece got here and it fit perfectly! Thank you Richard!

    Make-shift, non-original piece:

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    A Wadkin original design:

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    My amateur drawings (sorry Richard):

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    Warming up the part in my high tech bearing heater:

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    New part installed!
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    Re: Wadkin DR Thrust Bearing Rebuild

    Very nice! You must show us when it's all done!

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