36" S A Woods bandsaw restoration #3: bearings

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Blog entry by jeffl posted 08-07-2011 04:38 AM 2172 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: cleaning up Part 3 of 36" S A Woods bandsaw restoration series Part 4: pouring babbitt »

I’m trying something new, to insert a picture and comment on them in order so we’ll all know if it

The first picture is the bearings as I found them and it appears someone tried to ” shim ” by dripping blobs of Babbitt. The next picture shows me melting the old Babbitt out with a propane torch, lead Babbitt has a low melting point. The next picture is 5lbs of Stonewall Babbitt, $50. +$25 shipping. The size of half a girls softball. Nowhere I found told me how much I would need, they only recommended not mixing new and old since you wouldn’t know the composition of the old.

The next picture is melting the new Babbitt on a simple camping burner and a tiny Lodge pot with pour spouts.
The next picture is my shaft centered in the clean housing. I used plywood to raise it up and RakinPottery clay I had on hand to help center and hold in the molten Babbitt during the pour.

-- Jeff,

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 04:57 AM

I put the whole thing in the gas grill to preheat after I smoked the shaft with a oil lamp so it wouldn’t stick. The grill caused it to sweat and I had to dry it with air and the torch. Water causes the Baberbitt to spatter.

-- Jeff,

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 02:43 PM

Wauu, what a tour.
I never heard about Babbitt, so I am a little lost…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 02:48 PM

That Babbit blob’s almost too pretty to melt. It’s like 1/2 camping and 1/2 tool restore. I can’t wait to see this badboy up and running.

-- 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 08-08-2011 09:29 PM

I’ve heard all about babbit bearings but never seen them poured. VERY COOL!!!

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