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Forum topic by Shamb3 posted 10-04-2018 11:02 AM 446 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2018 11:02 AM

So I built one project already that called for a bushing and just used some PVC pipe that i cut. It was not a ideal solution but should keep the moving joint from wearing for now.

However, I am seeing again I need a bushing again if I want to build a router lift like in the bellow plan or one like in shop notes issue 121.

I was able to find bushings at McMastar-Carr but they were like $5 a piece or more.
I seem to have a hard time finding what I want on Amazon. Do they have a more specific name like machine bushings?

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#1 posted 10-04-2018 11:09 AM

It seems the description calls for bronze bushing. I think the $5 is about right. They are about the same price on eBay.

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#2 posted 10-04-2018 11:27 AM

Ace Hardware has always carried them everywhere I have lived. If you have one near I would check it out. Now it likely will still be cheaper to order from McMaster-Carr.

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#3 posted 10-04-2018 11:51 AM

Is a sleeve bearing the same thing as a bushing?

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#4 posted 10-04-2018 01:20 PM

Is a sleeve bearing the same thing as a bushing?

- Shamb3

Yes, but ‘sleeve bearing’ isn’t a common term from what I’ve seen. A bushing is really a bearing, but just one without any moving parts.

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#6 posted 10-04-2018 01:42 PM

It calls for a flanged bronze bushing 3/4 bore. Lowes has them on their website at $5 a pop. Wonder if these would work instead ?

Short answer is yes they are the same since it a sliding force and not a rolling force being applied.

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#7 posted 10-04-2018 01:47 PM

Interesting that a nylon bushing seems to be a similar price as the bronze ones. Of course, you will need a precision shaft to fit the bushing. If you do not have a good fit, you will have slop in the system.

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#8 posted 10-04-2018 01:49 PM

The cheapest source for 3/4”, 5/8”, and 1/2” bushings I have found locally is evaporative cooler bearings (typically only a few bucks each). They are mounted in a pillow block assembly, but you would probably need to modify to remove the rubber isolator.

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#9 posted 10-04-2018 02:00 PM These are the typical bushing/bearing used on many projects. They can also be picked up at a local Ace hardware. Most are under a dollar. You can get them either flanged or flangeless. If you buy them from McMaster-Carr, they will cost you more due to shipping and handling. Try a Fastenal store near you, they usually carry them at a good price.

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#10 posted 10-04-2018 02:05 PM

Tractor Supply Store? They sell a LOT of v belt pulleys,,,and have the bushings to fit….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#11 posted 10-04-2018 10:42 PM

Ok thanks everyone.
It looks like I can find them on Amazon / Ebay under “Bronze Bearing”, “bronze flange bearing”
Or I can find them on McMaster caar for less, but with mystery shipping prices
Or I can find them locally for about the same price at Ace (not confirmed) or Fastenal.

Whenever I do searches online using bushing I get few results and just bearing returns roller blade bearings :)

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