G0555 clicking sound

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I have one of the ubiquitous Grizzly G0555L band saws, and it has picked up an odd clicking sound that I'm afraid is the bearing on the lower wheel. I've been meaning to record the sound to accompany this post, but it keeps skipping my mind when I'm in the shop.

I'm not positive that it's the bearing but I don't know what else it could be. The blade isn't making contact with anything. I can reproduce it intermittently by rotating the wheel by hand, but it doesn't happen consistently in the same arc of rotation.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Have you tried a different blade?  Perhaps the blade seam or a bad spot is tapping something?

I wouldn't have thought that the blade would have an affect but I can see the logic behind it. That will definitely be step 1 when I actually get to step foot into the shop later this week. I don't get much woodworking done in the summer and I've had the same 3/8 blade on since the problem started. Now that I think back to that last blade change, I had a heck of a time getting the thing to track correctly.

Thank you for the suggestion.

Edited by Chuck Melton
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I had a clicking sound on my Griz a while back...then SHAPOW!  And my panties were pooped in.  I put a new blade on and I'm still hearing the clicking, but only when the guide bearings are set close to the blade.  I'm convinced it's the crap guides.  I'm considering upgrading to Carters.

That's not to say the guides are causing your issue...could be any number of things.  Try running the saw with the guides set away from the blade...eliminate that variable.  Then take the blade off and run the saw...eliminate that variable.  If it's still clicking with no blade then it's surely a lower wheel issue.

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