36" S A Woods bandsaw restoration #4: pouring babbitt

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Blog entry by jeffl posted 08-07-2011 01:16 PM 3196 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One picture here shows where I poured half the bearing at a time. The excess is fairly easily filed away. You could use a grinder to get close but at $10 a pound I wanted to save every shaving.

The next picture is after my 1 St attempt, it turned out pretty good. You need 80% contact so I read and this is well over that.

The picture of the shield show some spatter that occurred when pouring the top half of the bearing. I don’t know what caused it, probably sweat inside I couldn’t see. They recommended to wear safety equipment and this is probably the best $3 I spent. Next attempt on the top I’ll wear a hat of some sort and a leather welding jacket. Preparing to move my daughter down to the University of South Carolina Wednesday so the project is on hold again.

-- Jeff,

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 05:46 PM

Glad you are able to pour those babbitt bearings, have not been around them since 1957 when a bunch of
us were in on rebuilding a 1914 ford engine. I still have a couple of babbitt medallions out in the shop
somewhere. Do these bearings have one of those glass cup oilers on them? Good use of that shield. Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 08:48 PM

They should be an oiler of some type it came with grease fittings and I’m sure that was incorrect.

-- Jeff,

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