As with everything, over time your spindles are going to start to wear and are going to require repair. Once you start seeing the signs that a spindle may need repair, you should have it serviced. The longer you wait to get your spindles maintained, the more likely you will see higher costs and longer downtimes. Some symptoms and signs you may experience noise in bearings, chatter in part finish, problems holding tolerances, etc.

How long do spindles last?

The lifespan of spindles can be impacted by a number of variables. Contamination and machine events are common (someone crashes the machine). Contamination can be caused by extreme environments such as cutting cast iron mixed with coolant. The more extreme the environment, the shorter the spindle’s life expectancy will be.

In less extreme environments such as cutting aluminum, spindles tend to last longer. Some additional factors are how long you run your spindle, how long you run the spindle at max capacity, and how well you are maintaining your spindle and machine.

If you are running a spindle for 16 hours a day at max capacity, it is going to compound the issue and shorten the life expectancy vs. an 8-hour day.

Having your spindle repaired when you start to see signs that service is needed, is essentially a form of machine maintenance and can prevent spindle failures.   The benefit of doing it earlier is that you can reduce both your costs and your downtime. The longer you wait to repair your spindle, the more likely you are to damage other parts of your equipment leading to other repair costs as well.

It is often tempting to avoid immediate downtime but the earlier you repair a spindle, the less overall downtime you will likely see. This will let you be more productive eventually.

What are the signs that it is time to repair your spindle?

There can be a number of different signs that can tell you your spindle needs maintenance. These can range from spindle performance signs to noise-related signs.

  • Cutting Issues
  • Holding Tolerances
  • Vibration
  • Noise/Chatter in the Spindle
  • Excessive load reading

A properly working spindle is an essential part of operations for a wide variety of companies. Eventually, your spindles are going to require repair or replacement. This is where Gilman Precision steps in as we can repair over 300 brands of spindles. With our in-house capabilities, we can do any type of spindle repair that there is.

Spindle maintenance and repair

What sets Gilman Precision apart?

We are a spindle manufacturer, with engineers on hand that have over 100 years of experience collectively. Our repairs are of the highest quality, they are at a competitive cost, and they come with a faster turnaround time than other spindle repair services.

Manufacturing spindles gives Gilman Precision expertise that others do not have, and we also have the equipment to do it all in-house. With the entire process in-house, there is no middleman, and we can monitor and ensure the quality of the entire spindle repair process.

Gilman Precision has been providing unparalleled spindle service and repairs for over 65 Years.


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