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Old 07-05-2017, 05:43 AM
ozhunter ozhunter is offline
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Default Buffalo Forge Co. 14 inch blower refurb

Hello everyone. I have decided to refurbish my Buffalo blower.

After quite a bit of time scouring the internet I was led to this forum.

I have the same problem as Jennifer in that I don't know how to get the race out of the body to replace it. The cage and the ball bearings are in a sad state and not recoverable. Has anyone had success?

I would also like some advice on things not to do when I remove the eccentrics to get the intermediate shaft out.

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Old 07-05-2017, 05:59 AM
ozhunter ozhunter is offline
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As far as I can tell, the blower is all original. The input shaft and gear seem to be OK. A small adjustment of the axial play adjuster (is that what it is actually called) took all the play out of it.

What is the best method to replace the ball bearings in the axial play adjusters. I assume they are only staked in the hole.

A fitter machinist I work for has already suggested boring out the hole that goes through the gear case to the fan and using a 2" long needle roller bearing to support the final drive shaft. If I was to do that, I don't really need to get the old race out.

The pinion on the final drive shaft is toast, as is the shaft so a new one will have to be made.

Are there any bits that would not like a bath in an electrolysis bath or similar to get all the crud and old grease and residual paint off?
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:14 PM
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Hi, sorry I haven't been here to reply..

The eccentrics are there to set back lash or free play.. but not in the way you would think..

Back lash is adjusted once you get the blower all back together and lubed.. Then you actually turn the little eccentrics till you get the quietest running..

so essentially they are just quite eccentrics..

The way to get the bearing out is to stick a tig torch in there and just hit the bearing in a couple of places and this will shrink the bearing outer race..

While i love the Buffalo silent 200 blowers, I prefer the middle years of MFG.. 1900-1909 is the years I like I think.. Before they changed to the design both your 14" have and the 16" have.. The earlier models were supported by radial ball bearings on 2 sides vs on one side..

My question to you is once you do this what will you replace it with?

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