Heald Red Head 405 Rode hard and put away wet


Heald Red Head 405, 25,000 RPM, oil mist lubrication, belt driven

This vintage ID grinding spindle was still spinning freely when it arrived at our facility, but our comprehensive dimensional evaluation disclosed the extremely poor condition of nearly all critical surfaces of the major components. We measured runout of >20µm in the ID of the quill pilot, and >15µm on the pilot face. Both the front and rear 25mm bearing journals were worn undersized two to three times the ISO specification. The pulley journal had a whopping 60µm runout when measured on the bare shaft. Not surprisingly, the 52mm rear housing bore was also severely fretted, out of round and worn oversized up to 5x ISO. One could assume that the excessive vibration during operation would have precluded this spindle’s use for any sort of precision ID grinding application.


The shaft and housing made the short trip to our in-house machining & grinding section, where we ground the pilot ID, bearing journals, pulley journal and rear housing bore to prepare them for plating with hard chromium. When the components were returned to us by our plating vendor, we put them back on our in-house cylindrical grinding machines to finish to size. While the shaft was up on one of our Kellenbergers, we also kissed the pilot face to reduce the runout. All of the shaft surfaces were finished to 1-2µm runout with the exception of the pulley journal where runout was reduced to 4µm. The rear housing bore was tightened up to the middle of ISO spec. We rebuilt the spindle with all new bearings, seals and assembly screws. We finished this rebuild with our final test run, break-in, trim balance and final QC. Now our customer is able to use this spindle for any appropriate precision ID grinding application they choose.


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I really didn’t expect this; You guys really pulled it off! My many thanks to Sandy, Louis and your outstanding crew for helping us get back into production.

Dan Eaton, Taylor Metalworks

Lou all in all everything is running good. Just had a call from Sandy just the other day, its funny great minds think alike. Its great not to be sending spindles out on a regular basis since you addressed my problems, but I know they will still be coming sooner or later. Never a problem when we get them back , run better than new. Hope everything is ok there. Please tell everyone there that we here appreciate everything that you do to keep us up and running and the quick turnarounds. Have delt with the rest now deal with the best. Have a great week end and up and coming holiday.

Northland Customer

Thank you Debbie just received spindle today and WOW ! what a nice job. Can’t wait to use it. Thank the Northland team for us for a job well done 

Northland Customer

Both of the spindles that you repaired are on the machines and running great. We don’t have any spares for those grinders. We probably will not be purchasing a spare, as you have been able to turn around the repairs quickly and the price of a spare is cost prohibitive.

Northland Customer

I am writing to thank Northland Tool for going the extra mile and saving my company from expensive machine downtime and expensive repairs. We have always sent our Chiron spindles for repair as a shaft with bearings. None of our previous rebuilders pointed out the bearing fretting or the fact that the housing in the machine was out of tolerance and causing premature failure to the spindles. After Northland fixed the housings the spindles have never sounded as good or run as well! Great job guys!

Northland Customer

The detailed cause of failure reports and the expert technical advice that Northland Tool provides is bar none the best I have ever seen. We struggled to keep two of our large our milling spindles running for longer than 6 to 12 months. Northland Tools evaluation showed that the hydraulic nuts were not holding the assembly together causing premature spindle failure. We discussed this in detail and mutually decided to modify the spindle shaft to prevent this from occurring again. The first spindle we performed this on is still in the machine running like new after 3 years. That’s over three times the life of previous repairs and it’s still going strong. Easily over $40,000.00 of savings so far on that one machine and counting.

Northland Customer

Your people go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to spindle repair. When we had difficulty with the spindle installation and we were able to talk directly to a spindle technician that helped us troubleshoot the issue it helped us out of a bind. We have sent several spindles to you and have nothing but great things to say.

Northland Customer

Thank you for your attention with my quick turn spindle repair. Your status updates allowed me to plan around machine downtime and I now know that you deliver on your promises. In the past other spindle repair vendors talked a big game and consistently failed to deliver. You not only delivered my spindle before the due date but you kept me informed throughout the entire repair process.

Northland Customer

You performed a miracle with my BIG PLUS spindle. After crashing the spindle severely damaging the taper we found that a replacement spindle was not only cost prohibitive but had a long delivery. Your repair was a fraction of the cost of new and you never would know that the spindle was damaged to the extent it was.

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