Ummm... wheel bearing? motor bearing? Blade guide bearing?
My crystal ball is in the shop, can ya give me a little help here??
Hint.. if it's a blade guide bearing, throw it away and replace it...
Tana.. this is going to sound "off the wall", but try taking it off and putting
it back on "backwards"... they're usually the same on each side and reversing it
(I did this when the blade scored mine) also reverses the rotation... might free
I doubt it's caused by sawdust. Most of those type bearing are sealed (but
not watertight) and sawdust - shouldn't be the problem. But you can try
removing it and spray/soak it in some WD40 (or mineral spirits) to clean it
then let it soak in some light weight oil to lubricate. That would be a
temporary fix if it works - so plan on getting a replacement.
In an emergency, I have placed a sealed bearing in an old, small pan, dumped
in enough oil to cover the bearing and then heat the whole works up (warm
only) and let it sit for about 30 min to cool and suck in some oil. Do not
apply to much heat. Some bearings have a plastic disc shield and will
distort if it gets to hot. If that is visibly shot already that means the
bearing heated up and its toast - replace it.
Replace it. Bearings are (almost always) easy to find - go to a _real_
bearing supplier, take it along, and they're so highly standardised
you'll probably have one off the shelf in minutes.
Replace it with a better quality one too, with dust shields that work.
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