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KHF
06-02-2006, 03:39 PM
The Felker 150 that we bought in Sept. has started making an odd noise when it is running - with and without the blade. My husband thinks it might be a problem with some bearings. I spoke to Dave at Felker and he said since it is under warranty I should take it in to be looked at. He gave me a couple of numbers to call but they don't do Felker repairs. I called Felker 2 more times, got 2 more numbers and they don't do Felker either. By this time everyone at Felker has gone home for the weekend and we're stuck with a problem saw.
Does anyone know of a Felker repair place in Houston? Do you think we should continue using the saw while it's making this noise?

Karen

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Brian in San Diego
06-02-2006, 04:58 PM
Karen,

In my 32 years in the air conditioning business I probably heard motors with noisy bearings from as small as 1/2 HP. all the way up to motors as large as 800 HP. Many of these motors ran for years with noisy bearings. Now that being said, if your problem is noisy bearings, one weekend of use should not be detrimental to the rest of the motor.

Brian

KHF
06-02-2006, 08:14 PM
Are there any thoughts on what might be causing a noise while the saw is running other than bearings? How do I find the problem if there are no dealers in Houston?

Karen

Tool Guy - Kg
06-02-2006, 08:49 PM
Hi Karen,
What's it sound like? A high-pitched squeal, crunching, humming? A cat getting stepped on inna dark? Is the noise constant, or intermittent? Does the blade spin by hand, or is there any resistance? :)

KHF
06-02-2006, 09:01 PM
I knew I'd be asked that. :scratch: I guess it's a grating or scratchy sound.
It's constant and the blade spins freely and is cutting fine - it's a new MK 415. Dave at Felker mentioned it might be the plastic belt housing rubbing on the belt, but we checked that.

Karen

Tool Guy - Kg
06-02-2006, 09:13 PM
I don't have a 150, so don't know how hard this is...have you taken the belt off and ran it to confirm that the noise is coming from the motor? :)

KHF
06-02-2006, 09:21 PM
Thanks, hadn't thought of that. Will do that in the morning.
I ordered it through Construction Complete so I guess I could give them a call also.

Karen

KHF
06-03-2006, 04:25 PM
OK, took the belt off and it didn't make any noise. It does seem to be the bearings by the blade shaft that are going bad.

Karen

John Bridge
06-03-2006, 05:33 PM
Karen, if you call Felker they'll be happy to send you new bearings. They are not hard to change. ;)

KHF
06-03-2006, 05:34 PM
I'll call them back on Monday. Thanks

Karen

Tool Guy - Kg
06-03-2006, 05:53 PM
Good job, Karen! :tup1:

tilelayer
06-03-2006, 08:55 PM
just start spraying everything with wd40 until it stops squeaking

MudMaker
06-03-2006, 09:52 PM
Lots a times the belt being too tight causes bearings to go out. But, it sounds like you got a bad lot of bearings - hope the new ones work out well for ya... :D

KHF
06-03-2006, 09:52 PM
I have been a little WD-40 trigger happy today. :tup2:

Karen

Brian in San Diego
06-03-2006, 11:27 PM
As much as I like WD-40 and I should be partial to it as it'd headquartered right here in San Diego, I like this one (http://kanolabs.com) even better. There's nothing quite like Aero Kroil. For loosening rusted parts it beats WD-40 hands down. I use it to lubricate the slide for my wet saw table. Definitely not as readily available as WD-40, but it's worth searching for.

Brian

KHF
06-05-2006, 12:43 PM
Just talked to Dave at Felker and once again had excellent service. He is sending out the bearing assembly and, since it is under warranty and we have to do our own work, he is throwing in a TM-7 10" porcelain blade. :tup2:

Karen

KHF
06-07-2006, 02:04 PM
The bearings and blade arrived this morning - can't believe how quickly they got here. I was wrong about the blade - it is the TM-10 not the TM-7. I think it is a new model. :)

Karen

Tool Guy - Kg
06-07-2006, 11:21 PM
Karen, glad to hear the continued great service from Felker. :tup1:

Brian, thanks for the link to the AeroKroil. Kano makes some good products that work real well. :)

KHF
06-10-2006, 05:56 PM
Does anyone know how to get the pulley flange off of the Felker 150? The bearing assembly screws into the pulley flange but it won't come off.

Karen

Nevermind - I took Brian's advice the other day and bought some Aero Kroil. I sprayed enough and waited long enough and the flange finally gave up.