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Post# 434912   11/13/2020 at 01:53 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I seem recall someone in the past posted about buying the bearings for older Kirbys ( I"m sure they were used in other vacuums as well) that were in 'bulk' ie.. 5-10 of them for way cheaper than purchasing individuals. Can anyone help me with this?

Post# 434913 , Reply# 1   11/13/2020 at 08:41 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

I would sure like to know this also, providing they are Kirby parts rather than chinesium skateboard bearings.
I have five machines that will need these later on when they are restored.

Post# 434914 , Reply# 2   11/13/2020 at 08:50 by Kirboover (Watertown South Dakota)        

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You need to go to your local hardware store or bearing shop. Tell them the diameter and size of inner hole, or you can bring the old one in and they will measure it.

Post# 434915 , Reply# 3   11/13/2020 at 08:51 by Kirboover (Watertown South Dakota)        
I work for a for a guy....

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And we walk to a shop called Cartney Bearing and buy about 7 of them in a plastic tube, costs us about 7.00

Post# 435091 , Reply# 4   11/16/2020 at 07:59 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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I just went over to my local bearing shop and bought a couple of 87008 (same as ND 8008) bearings for my Kirby 1C and 2C.

I've also bought a 1 lb. container of Lubriko grease for repacking bearings.

They can also cross reference bearings for you as well.

Post# 435143 , Reply# 5   11/17/2020 at 02:52 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I don't see why oem Kirby bearings are needed. You could just buy from a reputable bearing manufacturer (which no doubt is what Kirby does). Whatever bearing you need, just measure it and use McMaster to find the 'trade number' - like 608ZZ for example. That's a metric bearing, and the digits after the first 3 change sometimes, they indicate whether it's sealed, open, or shielded, or sometimes a combo of two. Then google or ebay your trade number and just pick one from a known brand like SKF or Timken or Koyo. For example, google "608 ball bearing."

I mean, I've been buying Chinesium 'skate board' bearings from, so far, so good. It isn't the 1980s anymore - when you bought Chinese brake rotors and had to have them turned on a lathe again to make them straight lol.

Post# 435151 , Reply# 6   11/17/2020 at 10:17 by vaclab (Pickerington, Ohio)        
There is no such this as

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"Kirby Bearings". I have made quite a few Kirby refurb videos where I clearly show Kirby has used bearings from literally everywhere. Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, etc.

The front bearings are typically 6200 and the rear are typically 608 types. You can get a 10 pack from eBay (I typically use PGN brand, located in Florida) for $10 (or less) and they arrive in 2-3 days (standard shipping rates).


Post# 435175 , Reply# 7   11/17/2020 at 23:18 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Yeah bearings are a very specialized thing to manufacture. Nobody's gonna make their own.

Post# 435239 , Reply# 8   11/19/2020 at 13:17 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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What you do, look up the number on the bearing. There should be a number on it. If not measure it. Then look this up and you’ll find many options for buying that bearing.

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