So this is how we do that.
#2 Phillips Head Screwdriver
1 1/8" Impact Socket
**These are not essential, but they sure help. I managed without them, and at the end, I will talk about how I removed the bearings without any specialized equipment. I do not recommend you do this if you have access to the proper tools. My way isn't pretty, but it worked fine for me, but the proper tools make life a lot easier.
|Nachi 6005ZZE Bearing|
Dis-assembly proceeded as follows:
|1. Remove screws.|
|2. Remove more screws.|
|3. Remove even more screws.|
|4. Remove the rest of the screws.|
|You should now be left with just the motor body, with the main spindle still installed in it.|
|Whoops, more screws to remove.|
|Your motor should look like this after removing the collet.|
|A couple of smart taps with a mallet will pop this loose.|
|Old bearing, next to the new Nachi replacement.|
At this point, you should be left with a completely disassembled router. Switch out the bearing, and begin the reassembly process. The most important thing to note, as you are going through this process, is to fully seat the bearing, and make sure it stays there while you are installing subsequent parts. You can follow this dis-assembly guide in reverse order and should meet with success.
|Wood dust will eventually work its way into anything.|
Cheap bearing puller:So you don't have a bearing puller at home? Don't worry, you aren't alone, and it certainly doesn't mean you can't do this yourself. A bolt with an appropriately sized washer will do the trick just as well. Here's what I did.
(2) Ratchets, with extenders
Bolt (4+" long helps)
2 Washers-OD (Outside Diameter) just larger than the ID (Inside Diameter) of the bearing.
2 Nuts-To fit the bolt.
|Tighten in the direction of red, bearing travels along yellow.|
Good luck! I hope this saves you a trip to the tool repair shop and a few dollars in the process. This basic process applies to most routers, and may be particularly useful on some of the more inexpensive routers that chew through their bearings a little more quickly. You can refurbish an old router pretty easily if you have the right attitude.