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grease your bearings!

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by paul soccodato, Jan 19, 2003.

  1. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    we had about 1"-1/12" of snow, on friday (1/17). i loaded up the salter (at 4:00am) and went to go do the route.

    about 6:30 am, im on my second load of salt, the engine on the spreader gets bogged down. turns out the conveyor is'nt turning anymore. got out to take a look, could'nt find anything wrong, and was able to get it to work again. half hour later, same thing.

    i go to my buddies repair shop and start checking things out. after about an hour, it turns out , the pillow block bearing (directly above the spinner) is seized. (it was a relief, i thought the transmission blew up).

    after greasing the bearing, and turning the shaft by hand (numerous times), i got it free'ed up. it seems that the bearing was jammed with salt.

    my torwell manual says grease every 50 hours. i grease this machine after every wash (event), probably 2-3 hours actual spreader time.

    just goes to show you, you cant grease enough!
  2. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    It could be possible that you are overstuffing the bearing that it broke the seal and allows the grease to leak out, letting the salt get in. I don't know. I do not own a V box so I don't know exactly how it is setup but it is just my speculation. :confused:
  3. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    That bearing cost me a new clutch on my Torwell. $250!!!:realmad: It catches all the junk (not sealed) and is real tough to get to. I replaced it once, the second time around I just let it fall apart and ran without it. That and those non-servicable bushings are part of the reason I went to my new truck!
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2003
  4. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    Yeah, you got a really nice truck, Pelican!
  5. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    with the oncoming storm, i went out today to go over the trucks/equipment.
    while greasing the v-box, i noticed i could see sunlight thru that same pillow block bearing i was having problems with. i took it out and it was wrecked.
    so i decided on changing it. my friend ,where i bought the new bearings tells me the salt gets into the bearing and grinds it apart, regardless of greasing. so i made up a rubber shield for the new one, lets see how long this one lasts.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2003
  6. SnowGodFather

    SnowGodFather Member
    Messages: 330

    My new western ice breakers have 3 bearings for the conveyer and a gear box each. 1 for the bottom of the spinner shaft each.

    All are pillow block and they don't have seals.

    I keep a few grease guns in the warmer heated office, it's nice to pump warmer grease in them.
  7. Tillerman1664

    Tillerman1664 Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I also use marine grease on equipment that has a high contact to salt.
  8. SkykingHD

    SkykingHD Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    Bearing Life Improvement

    I was sent to a school for bearing life improvement by my real job boss. You can over grease bearings. When a bearing has salt in it, throw it away. Grease wont fix a bearing. Salt and water are very hard on bearings. Class was 36 hrs long lots of good information in it. What I got out of class for salt spreaders:
    This salt is hard on every bearing in unit. Grease as published by mfg if any other problems with bearing, replace. Maintenance is high on a salt spreading truck. That is why salting is so expensive.