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Bearing Separator/Puller Recomendations ??

Does anyone have any bearing separator/puller recomendations? I'm interested in one that could remove the axle bearings and tranny bearings. Any thoughts on this? I'm clueless.....
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Re: Bearing Separator/Puller Recomendations ??

I have a harbor freight large separator. (although I can't speak for its quality, I have yet to use it.)

my large separator

They also have a smaller one that looks interesting. You might be able to use it with a steering wheel puller
by the looks. With long bolts (assuming the 2 holes are threaded) or some all thread rod you could rig it to
pull over any length.

Small puller

These are normally used in a press with a couple of heavy plates bridging the table to catch the edges
of the separator. If you make those plates its a good idea to make them with a 2" or so hole/notch
to get more bite while cleating the shaft the bearings are on.

Removing axle bearings: aftre the ball bearing retainers fall apart its common for the ball to come out and
the outer race falls out making it difficult/impossible to use a puller. Use a 4" grinder to cut almost thru the
bearing coller and then break it with a chisel, being careful to not mar the surface of the axle. then it will
about fall off.

If the old bearing coller slips or is easy to remove, it's likely the axle got too hot and shrank, making it scrap,
very dangerous to use as the new bearing and retainer will not grip it properly.
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Re: Bearing Separator/Puller Recomendations ??

snapon had a kit onsale around here 4 250$ cam with slide hammer and everything i bought 2 sets 1 4 the shop and 1 4 my house projects
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Re: Bearing Separator/Puller Recomendations ??

I like Snap-On pullers best. OTC has some good ones too. Snap-On is overpriced, but in this case I pay the money and get the best.
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Re: Bearing Separator/Puller Recomendations ??

For the tranny/case bearings/gears , I use a heavy and expensive Snap-On 3-jaw puller . Works excellent , and is very handy for a variety of other things . The axle bearings , however , are another story . I exploded twice the set bolts (grade 10 aircraft) for the Matco bearing seperator and also stripped off the threaded rod I used as well trying to remove axle bearings . Then , we went to my Dad's shop and discovered their 20 ton press almost couldn't push them off either . Didn't feel so bad about the seperator not working , so I'd say for that application a cheap press is definitely worth the investment . Lot easier to press trans bearings on anyway than to use a puller , just don't buy one that is too cheap or you'll end up breaking it .
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