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Berkeley Pump Motor has bad bearings

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by tonyvol, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. tonyvol

    tonyvol LawnSite Member
    from Cumming
    Messages: 85

    Hey everyone, My neighbor was throwing away this Berkeley Pump and asked if I wanted it. They said the motor has a bad bearing. Is it worth repairing it? If so, can I just replace the bearing in the motor or would I be better off buying a new motor?

    http://www.berkeleypumps.com/ResidentialProduct_Item_SSHM_2.aspx

    Thanks,
    Tony
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,259

    look to buy a new motor - you must match the existing motor's service factor
     
  3. tonyvol

    tonyvol LawnSite Member
    from Cumming
    Messages: 85

    Thanks Wet Boots!!! I look for a new motor. Hopefully they won't be hard to find.

    Tony
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,259

    it looks like at least a $300 motor - maybe a bearing replacement might be done - videos can be found
     
  5. tonyvol

    tonyvol LawnSite Member
    from Cumming
    Messages: 85

    Thanks Wet Boots. I try and see if I can find replacement bearings first.

    Thanks,
    Tony
     
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,259

    Find yourself some tools, too. Check out some of the videos and websites.
     
  7. regularguy

    regularguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Most motor shops won't touch a small motor because a replacement motor is so cheap and they can't charge enough to make the repair worth their time. That said in the winter when I don't have anything else to do I will replace the bearings on an electric pump motor if it needs it, really it is a simple job and usually the hardest part is getting the old bearing off. I have had them freeze up and the bearing will spin in the bearing housing for a while and with those I simply make a tin can bushing and then press the new bearing in. A hint for getting the new bearings on, put the bearings in the oven at 225 f and the shaft in the freezer overnight, they slide right on. A bearing shop will probably have those bearings for < $10
     

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