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Forum topic by Bertha posted 07-04-2011 04:42 PM 1819 views 3 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2011 04:42 PM

There’s enough homebrewed drumsanders around here. What’s the verdict on a quality pillowblock assembly. I’m looking for two quality blocks with about a 2 foot axle that’s ripe for installing buffer pads, grinding wheels, etc.

Any supplier direction greatly appreciated.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog


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#1 posted 07-04-2011 04:50 PM

Might try looking here…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_hi_2?rh=n%3A16310091%2Cn%3A%2116310161%2Cn%3A16310181&ie=UTF8&qid=1309790960

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#2 posted 07-04-2011 04:50 PM

http://www.smallparts.com/s?keywords=&page=1&size=20&searchNodeID=220003011&ref_=sp_s_node_220003011&x=0&y=0

Note: Small Parts is an Amazon Co. and you can get any of Small Parts items via Amazon.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 07-04-2011 04:53 PM

Thanks, guys. I crossposted this in vintage monsters. Do you happen to know the standard mounting diameter of buffing pads? I’m thinking 1/2 inch but I could be wrong. I’m wondering if I want sealed bearings or greasables.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 07-04-2011 04:59 PM

This system looks like 3/4…

http://www.bealltool.com/products/turning/threeon.php

http://www.bealltool.com/products/buffing/

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#5 posted 07-04-2011 05:09 PM

The lathe mandrel looks to be 3/4 Dia. Bearing lube – the jury is out on that, depends on usage, sealed or greasable will be OK, but a bearing you can add grease to gives you peace of mind.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 07-04-2011 05:12 PM

Bertha is this for your tredel project?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 07-04-2011 05:22 PM

Thanks for the info guys. It’s really appreciated. Mauricio, this IS for my treadle project. I bought a cheap pillowblock set at ACE out of excitement and built a top with a slit for the belt. Now that I’m looking at it, the quality is horrendous. I’ll probably mock it up with the junk that I have, then switch to some higher quality stuff if it looks like it’s going to work. I’m only out $30 on the junk stuff, so lesson learned.

Although I have a grease gun, I think I’m opting for the sealed bearings. I think I recall August, Philip, and MedicKen recommending a particular variety. I used to know good skateboard bearings when I saw them but that’s the extent of my knowledge;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 07-04-2011 05:33 PM

Exactly what Vonhagen said.

MSCdirect, McMaster, VXB have been good to me. Hard to beat VXB’s prices.
Sealed bearings for sawdust. Replaceable bearings inside the pillow blocks is good too.

Steve

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#9 posted 07-04-2011 05:40 PM

Can’t understand why “Do not purchase from Amazon”?
They stock Fafnir, SKG, VBX amongst others which are “top of the Line” bearings.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#10 posted 07-04-2011 06:59 PM

Lee Valley

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#11 posted 07-04-2011 07:02 PM

DW, I’m not seeing them at LV. Are you?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 07-04-2011 07:46 PM

I looked earlier on LV and did not see any.

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#13 posted 07-04-2011 08:00 PM

The VBX site is pretty impressive. I remember August showed a picture of an order; there were all kinds of sliding housings, pillowblocks, and all manner of weird stuff. I suspect that the quality August and Phillip go for is beyond what I need. But I’d drop $60 for a nice set of replacement pillowblocks once I get my treadle generally set up. Wayne, I think 3/4” is the way to go. I just need to figure out how high to elevate the spindle off the table. If I keep cutting escapement holes in the table, pretty soon they’ll be no table left! I tell you what though, I’m never working with Aspen again.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 07-04-2011 08:04 PM

I think you need to consider what type of projects you would be working with. If the wheels are too close together you may not be able to use it on larger projects (learning I saw in some of the box builder discussion). The other consideration would be the size of the wheels you plan to use…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 07-04-2011 08:17 PM

Well Wayne, I’m open to suggestions. I’d guess the table to be almost 3’ wide, the undercarriage probagly 2.5’. It’s got a very large driving wheel and nothing more. The axle I have is stepped and threaded on both ends. The shaft is 1/2”. A step pulley attaches to one end, is stopped by the step, and held in place by a wimpy tap screw (no flat to grab it). In the center of the axle, there’s a flat to accommodate a fixed wheel of small diameter. I have a variety of bushings and stops, etc. I’d be happy with a grinding wheel and a brass brush. If I got an axle that could extend the length of the table, I might add a buffer wheel. If it went ALL the way, I could add something off-board to the end (drill chuck, leather strop, etc.) but it’d be awkward working the treadle from that point.

I just want something to sit down and quietly strum on. Once I decide upon a system, I’ll upgrade the table and hardware. It’s really fun to talk/think about, though:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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