As you know, bearings are pretty dang important to the overall functionality of your strength tools. They are, in fact, totally integral. They are the catalysts of the linear and rotational movement within our strength tools and, essentially, the physical mechanism that most helps a tool’s moving parts move. Without bearings, or already with bearings that are a bit worse for use, a strength tool is rendered fundamentally out of use.
Ordinarily, bearings go bad simply as a consequence of standard use and tear. Of course, no strength tool nor part is thoroughly immune to operator error or misuse, but for the most part, bearings simply use out. Fortunately, the symptoms of bad bearings are comparatively simple to detect. for example, the squeal of a failing bearing is nearly indisputable, your strength tool might generate excess heat or fail to include altogether leaving you with naught but the gentle hum of a sad motor choking on itself to just get moving. It’s a sad lot to be a bad bearing.
The sound a weathered bearing creates is, by every definition, a squeal; a shrill kind of bleating emitting from the belly of your strength tool. Essentially, it is an uncomfortable sound which largely results from the general discomfort of the bearings (and of the tool’s surrounding elements) themselves.
This squeal is commonly the consequence of regular use, particularly in the form of bearings that have simply dried-up. Of course, a bearing requires a certain amount of greasy lubrication to do its job. As time and the bearings themselves roll on, though, that grease dries and disappears resulting in too much friction between the bearings and the parts they propel.
Because most bearings are self-contained, they can not be re-lubricated; the complete bearing must be replaced. I reiterate, do not attempt to repack your bearings with grease, this is asking far too much of your strength tool and extremely too much of the little parts that make it work; to avoid damaging the tools surrounding elements, the bearing must be replaced – promptly.
Usually in addition to said squeal, where bearings are bad and as a consequence of the motor simply working far too hard to perform, a tool will generate excess heat. This excess heat can become so great, in fact, that in extreme situations, strength tool motors have melted. Before this most drastic outcome, though, damage nevertheless occurs within the tool. Internal parts can become charred, burned, or otherwise heat-damaged. This, of course, considerably diminishes the performance of the part (and the tool) and usually merits the substitute of a few internal parts.
In the event of bad bearings, a tool might also lock-up or simply stop working altogether. If the bearings are too dry or otherwise too damaged to move, the tool will essentially freeze. Not necessarily is the cold sense, but certainly in the motionless, non-functioning sense. In such a case, one hundred pulls of the cause will make no difference to the tool or motor, you will simply hear a hum. The hum of electricity surging into a machine that can’t course of action or transform that energy. The residual heat of this effort will also cause the aforementioned heat-issue and can destroy vital elements inside your tool.
consequently, cease using your strength tool if the bearings are bad. If the tool squeals, if it produces excess heat during use, or if it chokes and freezes in lieu of its expected performance, stop using the tool completely and closest. Instead, take it to an empowered service center for a bearing substitute and perhaps for a bit of a check-up to ensure the tool hasn’t incurred any heat-damage in the battle of the bearing. Don’t fret, this is a generally inexpensive procedure.
And after all that, you now know how to diagnose a bad or failing bearing in your strength tool. Remember, the most important part of strength tool use is using your tools right and properly maintaining them. These machines bring joy, purpose and productivity to our lives and deserve a bone or two (in the form of care and maintenance) in return.