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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2020 02:21 am
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Dennis Long
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Here's a picture of the rotor from my Samson 1406-N rubber-bladed fan. I got the oscillator-side parts off the shaft, but the front-side bearing doesn't want to come off due to a bulge in the shaft itself. I don't want to force it and damage the bearing or shaft, but I see no other way to remove it.  Would it be safe to "force" the bearing over the expanded part of the shaft to get it and the other 4 parts off?
I ran into a similar dilemma when I restored my GE Vortalex pedestal fan last year. I remember the Vorty's oilite bearing being a little tight to remove, but it came off. I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I'm asking what you guys think about forcing the bearing over the bulge.  Thanks.




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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2020 11:58 pm
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Get some crocus cloth and polish the shaft up to the bearing as close as you can. Lube the bearing and shaft up with 5w or 10 w oil and slip it off.

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Dennis Long
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Mark Olson wrote: Get some crocus cloth and polish the shaft up to the bearing as close as you can. Lube the bearing and shaft up with 5w or 10 w oil and slip it off.

Hey Mark, thanks for the reply!  I have some 2000 grit.  Do you think that would be ok, or should I spring for the crocus cloth?  Also, is there a reason you suggest 5w or 10w oil versus Zoom oil?  I will be giving your approach a try in the next day or so.  Thanks again!

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 Posted: Mon Nov 9th, 2020 09:44 am
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2000 grit should work, and zoom oil is okay. I suggested crocus cloth because it is easier to use "shoe shine style" and 5 or 10w oil because it is thinner.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 13th, 2020 02:17 am
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Mark!  You da man!  10 seconds of 2000 grit did it.  I didn't even have to apply oil!  The bearing is off and I can clean all those parts that were trapped.  Thank you for your help!  :bow

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