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Horid noise! Is it the bearings?

My 10" craftsman, bought at a yard sale about 10 years ago, has been great untill recently. It started making a horrid noise that sounds like it might be a bad bearing comming from behind the blade? Is this so? Can I replace it. I also found that it was loosing power and that I could actually push the blade in the opposite direction with the wood. I tightened the belt and it seemed to solve this. The belt and motor seem fine. But the noisey screetch is still there. Christy

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It sounds like a bearing alright, I'm pretty sure you can replace the bearing, but you will have to slip the belt off the pulley and remove the trunion, (the part that raises and lowers the saw blade), put this on you work bench and remove the blade shaft this should allow you to pull the bearing or pound it out of the bearing retainer. I would do this ASAP before you ruin the shaft.

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