Somehow the wooden ink drum bearing on the operator side of my Universal III managed to work itself loose and ended up inside the drum, leaving the drum loose on that end of the shaft. I managed to remove the wood composition bearing from another spare ink drum I had and pressed it onto the working drum. My question is: should I worry about the loose bearing rolling around in the drum? I had no idea how to get that thing out of there, and sort of figure it will not do any damage inside the drum, but does that make sense to readers? Has anyone been successful in getting a wooden bearing out of the black hole? Maybe I’ve been overlooking something.

I assume it will not make too much noise (better than a bronze sleeve or something else rattling around).

If anyone has need of a spare UNI III ink drum and shaft (surface is somewhat rusty, and now without one bearing) let me know. I also have an ink drum from a 219 and the speed reducing gearbox from a 219 as well. I’m hoping to clean out some of these spare parts if anyone can use them. I also have the swinging shelf support from under the feed table of a 219 as well. Maybe more spare parts will be spotted in the nether regions of my shop as I get a chance to look through the spares. I’ll list them here.

John Henry, Cedar Creek Press, Mason City, Iowa

4 thoughts on “Ink Drum Bearing Replacement”

  1. Spray glue might be the better idea, Jonathan, if the inside of the drum isn’t rusted.
    Some models, like the Universals, have a shaft that pass through the drum that could be gummed up by expanding foam.

  2. Jonathan Jarvis

    or spray it well with glue to fix it so at least it won’t rattle around????
    !

  3. I think the only way to remove a wooden bushing from inside the drum is the break into small enough pieces that could be shaken or vacuumed out.

    Looking forward to learning what spare parts you have. I see a new table in the making. I have numerous spare parts I’ve been intending to catalog.

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