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Old 10-18-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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Question RBW Bedroom Slide Mech.-Repair or Replace?

I have read all the threads regarding the bronze worm gear failure on the bedroom slide gear box. One forum member got the new direct drive replacement unit but had a motor failure. Another did a rebuild on his existing gear box. I don't know if it is cost effective to take the old unit into a machine shop with new steel gears and have some custom fab work done? I could probably remove and replace, but don't have the equipment or knowledge to do a rebuild.

I would like to hear some more feedback from others who have either replaced with the new type mechanism, or done a repair. I expect to have to make a preventative fix soon because that cross worm gear is really wearing down.

More experiences? Opinions? Feedback? Thanks.
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An update to my bedroom slide drive adventures. A recap from my previous posts (do a search for "slide" on the NRV forum to get a lot of experiences).
1. Original slide drive with right angle bronze worm gear failed-gear teeth wore and broke.
2. Replacement direct drive failed-motor wouldn't give enough power.
3. Now on third setup with replacement motor. Working OK

This post describes some of my and other's problems including links to speed racer's post, who rebuilt his drive.

I saved and did rebuild my original right angle worm gear drive unit using a $48 Martin gear. A friend did the machining which amounted to enlarging the shaft bore and drilling a cross hole for the roll pin. The replacement gear is iron vs. bronze. Here is a picture of the reassembled unit. I now have a replacement unit and it wasn't too hard to do. If only I had known and done this sooner, maybe I would have a couple thousand extra $$ on hand now.



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Old 12-24-2012, 06:45 AM   #3
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Two2go, another idea.. If the gears are wearing down is it because the box is harder to push out that it should be? Just my experience on a bedroom slide. The nylon blocks that it slides on were wearing down. It was squealing as it moved, and marking the underside of the box. I lubed the blocks with silicone, waxed the box with Mothers Carnuba and am still using the slide. I plan to replace the blocks but have not attempted that yet
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Two2go, another idea.. If the gears are wearing down is it because the box is harder to push out that it should be? Just my experience on a bedroom slide. The nylon blocks that it slides on were wearing down. It was squealing as it moved, and marking the underside of the box. I lubed the blocks with silicone, waxed the box with Mothers Carnuba and am still using the slide. I plan to replace the blocks but have not attempted that yet
My slide moves on a pair of rollers. No blocks.
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