A Spindle in Need: Maintenance Tips & Repair to Make Your Broken Part Work Like New

A properly working spindle is an essential part of operations for many companies internationally. Through diligent analysis of the issue and expert repair work, Gilman Precision in Grafton, WI, can make a part work like new.

Spindle Repair ServicesManufacturers rely on a lot of moving pieces in order to put out the quality products individual companies specialize in every day. One very important part of many machines is a properly working spindle, a component that Gilman Precision in Grafton, WI, machines.

Over time, with daily use and potentially inadequate maintenance, spindles can stop functioning properly.

“You know when your spindle needs repairing when, first off all, you’re not making good parts,” Gilman CEO Chris Hetzer said. Other things can be an increase in temperature, and increase in vibration, or if you notice any unusual noise.”

If you notice any of these issues in your spindles, Gilman Precision is able to diagnose the problem through conversations about the issues as well as analysis of the part once they have it in shop. Gilman is able to repair any slide, restoring its quality and efficiency.

“Our job is to make this spindle look and operate like new when it leaves this plant,” Hetzer said.

While daily use of any spindle will be hard on the component, there are some basic practices to consider while using the machine to help with longevity.

“Some tips to make your spindles last longer — first of all, avoid crashes,” Hetzer said. “Spindles crashing into fixtures and parts is not a good idea. The second thing is, don’t allow chips to accumulate near the end of the spindle. If you get contamination inside the bearings, that’ll lower your life.

“Have good coolant control, make sure your not splashing directly on the ceiling areas of the spindle,” he said. “Last but not least, use quality tooling. If you don’t use quality tooling, you’re going to develop vibrations in the spindle that will damage the bearings.”

If you do find yourself in need of spindle repair, Gilman Precision is happy to help. The company offers 6 month warranties on all repairs. New spindles built by Gilman come with a 1 year warranty, and, in special cases, 2 to 3 year warranties are offered, depending on the application.

Gilman Precision has been dedicated to the advancement of high precision solutions that improve efficiency and achieve longevity since 1952. The company develops customized slides and spindles for value-added engineers with exacting needs and standards, providing expert service for virtually any manufacturer’s equipment.

If you’ve got a question on ordering a spindle or slide, contact us at 800-445-6267 or sales@gilmanprecision.com.

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