Weiss GHK 176239 Spindle Repair

Catastrophic bearing failure was the main cause of this spindle malfunction

Continue reading to learn how Northland Tool performed this repair and converted a Weiss GHK 176239 spindle from grease-injected to permanent grease lubrication…



This spindle showed evidence of being crashed with significant damage to the tooling taper ID, face, and chamfer. The front roller and angular contact bearings were severely contaminated and worn.
Measurement of the front bearing journal shoulder showed high runout. Most of the Belleville washers were cracked, and a drawbar spacer was found to be damaged. The gripper fingers were excessively worn. The actuator had damage to (4) surfaces: adjustment cap face, housing ID shoulder, piston OD shoulder, and chamfer.



This model of Weiss spindle was manufactured to be grease-injected, which requires costly maintenance of a separate lubrication system. We converted the spindle to permanent grease, which will benefit the user by eliminating these future maintenance costs.

This rebuild included the following actions by NTE repair technicians:

  • Manufacture & install a new drawbar spacer
  • Rework damaged actuator surfaces
  • Grind, chrome plate & finish grind the tooling taper ID
  • Kiss grind the front journal shoulder
  • Replace all bearings, Bellevilles, grippers, seals, o-rings & assembly screws
  • Adjust preload, assemble, balance and break in
  • Final quality control inspection



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  • Weiss GHK 176239 Spindle Repair

    Evidence of where the spindle crashed

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    Broken Belleville washers needed to be replaced

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    Bearings were severely worn and contaminated

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    This roller bearing was packed with contaminated lubricant

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    Gripper fingers were worn and needed to be replaced

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    A close-up image showing how roller bearings became deformed and broke the outer race

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I really didn’t expect this; You guys really pulled it off! My many thanks to your outstanding crew for helping us get back into production.
— Dan Eaton, Taylor Metalworks
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 NTE 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.
— Northland Customer
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