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Matching springs... can you just cut a longer one?

Usually I find it really easy to ask questions but for some reason this one embarrasses me.... it seems pretty basic, I guess. Anyway......

On a new-to-me shop tool, I freed a jammed part and found that a small spring had popped out of its usual place and was mangled. My hardware stores can come close, but not exact. I found one that seems to be a good match for diameter, coils, and stiffness.... but its too long.

Can you just cut a spring? From the factory they've got like 1.5 windings in a circle on the ends, and a cut spring wouldn't have that.

I'm putting the generic spring-question out there, but if you're interested this is the little spring that pushes the wedges apart on the lower guide bearing assembly for a Delta 28-245 bandsaw.... part #152 in this pic
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-05-2013, 08:35 PM
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all springs are not equal

Just because they may be the same length or diameter, they may have different "push" depending on wire diameter. They also have straight or flat ends to make the pressure uniform.
If you just cut a spring off another spring it won't have the correct flat ends. I would get a spring kit, an assortment of springs from the home store or Harbor Freight, OR if you have a good hardware store they will have drawers full of assorted springs to chose from.
http://www.harborfreight.com/200-pie...set-67562.html


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I'd also replace both, that way they're pushing with equal strength.
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I struck out at an Ace and two True Values. Thanks, I'll check out HF's kit if I don't order online before I get down there
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