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Blog entry by vonhagen posted 11-03-2015 11:29 PM 813 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

how many of you have worked with old babbitt bearing machines? my experience with them was extensive and learned quite a bit about woodworking in general as these machines properly set up still rival machines today and after talking to an engineer at northfield foundry i found out all about the old buried boneyard and why the castings stay true to this day. any thoughts are just fun to go thru this old technology that does stand the test of timehttp://www.altendorf.de/en/company/history/generations.html

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.



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WhoMe

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#1 posted 11-04-2015 02:47 AM

Other than re-babbeting is becoming a lost art, I’ll have to look at that link

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#2 posted 11-04-2015 05:03 PM

The headstock on my Record woodturning lathe has a bronze babbit bearing. They do wear with use and have to be cinched up from time to time, but they seem to work as good any ball bearings. I have heard of so many folks having to change out the ball bearings on their lathes while I have been using my babbit bearings for about 20 years and they are still in great shape.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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vonhagen

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#3 posted 11-04-2015 11:41 PM

yes mike just oil and spin, they are very long lasting.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#4 posted 11-05-2015 01:37 AM

We used babbited bearings in the US Navy, and they may still, for all I know. We poured and scraped them until they fit. Like Stefang, I have a Record lathe with the headstock bearing being babbit. Just a little oil now and again.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 11-05-2015 01:46 AM

well put dark lightning.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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