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If you ever need to replace the rotor on your 2510 wood chipper, here is a quick guide on how to do that!. This guide also works for replacing the rotor on the 3514 wood chipper.
- A pair of 9/16" hex wrenches.
- 1 pulley extractor
We recommend that if you are replacing the rotor, it is also recommended to replace at least the bearing assemblies and bolts, to maintain the proper tolerance adjustment (interference) between the shaft and bearings and also guarantee the correct clamp load on the fasteners without risk of fatigue or failure.
Parts shown in picture :
1- 2510 Rotor 2-Bearing Housings 4- Bearing Spacers 2- Dirt Covers 8- 3/8" x 1-1/4" Grade 5 bolts 8 - 3/8" lock washers 8- 3/8" hex nut
First we introduce the shaft covers into each end on the shaft. Please note that the cover with a welded tube spacer goes into the the short end of the shaft.
The covers must be inserted with the bends facing outwards.
Insert the bolts from the feed side. Tip #1: To make more room to insert the bolts you may slide the rotor further back. Also, make sure to place a hex nut on each bolt so they don't fall inside the bottom chipper housing. Tip#2: If bolts do fall inside the housing, use a piece of cloth between the fan blades and rotate to comb the bottom until bolt is extracted.
Insert one spacer per each side of bolt. Insert the bearing housing with bearing. You will only be able to insert a little (given the strict tolerance of this part). DO NOT SAND the shaft bearing surface nor the inside diameter of the bearing. Make sure the bearing is aligned with shaft.
Once the bearing is aligned with the shaft, hit from the pulley side to let the shaft slide inside the bearing even more, as shown in two pics below:
Here the shaft is now pre-mounted on the bearing...
Once the bearing housing is aligned and pre-mounted with the shaft, grab a hammer and hit the inner bearing ring with a piece of pipe. WARNING: Make sure that the pipe is touching the inner bearing ring ONLY. If the pipe has bigger inside diameter, it may touch and damage the bearing seals. To ensure proper fitting, make sure the bearing's inner ring is touching the shaft outer step.
Insert the bearing housing on the pulley side. Again, because of the amount of interference between the elements, you need to solidly hit this with a piece of pipe and hammer. Remember we are pre-mounting the shaft onto the bearings. Sliding the bearing will also give you enough clearance to insert the spacers and bolts.