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#1 posted 02-12-2018 04:48 PM

Suspect the technical name you seek is:
(split) pillow block bearing

Pillow Block bearings are not cheap units and typically designed for heavy duty applications.

Suggest the reason a babbit bearing was suggested is due cost .vs. simple low speed application. For a hand/foot powered grinding wheel a simple bronze/lead bushing would last many years.

Modern equivalent for babbit bearing today is oil impregnated bronze bearing. I like to use MSCDIRECT for this kind of stuff, but McMaster or Grainger carry them as well.

Brass and oil impregnated bronze stock is super easy to machine. You can also buy plain bar stock to make any custom size bearings you need and then simple press them inside a wood/metal housing.

Best Luck.

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