Thrust Bearings for 13 Inch South Bend Lathe
I am in the process of putting my 13 Inch South Bend Lathe back together and I am in need of a set of thrust bearings, for both the spindle and the cross slide lead screw. I just searched through both MSC and McMaster looking for these bearings and have not been successful. So, I searched through the PM board and found that they are proprietary bearings and, in a 2003 posting, it was reported that the spindle thrust bearings cost $160! It was also mentioned that they didn't use standard bearing sizes so that you had to go to the vendor for parts.
So, I am thinking about making a set of plain bronze bearings and setting them up similar to the way the thrust bearing on my ancient Pratt & Whitney is oiled. Does anyone have any advice or opinion on this solution to otherwise paying an outrageous price for bearings?
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