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Old 03-29-2013, 10:04 AM
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Default Pouring a babbitt bearing

Hi Everyone:

My son, Will and I received a $6000 proposal to rebuild our turbine main shaft bearing. We decided to do the job ourselves. This is how we did it:

I hope you and your families are healthy and prospering!!


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Old 03-29-2013, 12:15 PM
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Always a pleasure to see the things you can do to keep these old low heads running.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:59 PM
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Interersting job. How many hours did it take you two to do the job?

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Old 03-29-2013, 04:14 PM
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Bill, I have to say over my lifetime that working with Babbit material for bearings and then finish fitting/filing/scraping the material to tolerance needed is probably the most enjoyable of any of what I've done or needed to do over the years.

I've done several lathe machines, mostly for wood, a dozen Hudson engines from the 20's and more items than one would generally run across in 40 years and still not be considered a full blown machine shop machinist.

It's amazing just how far 'word of mouth' will travel when you can do something so obscure by today's standards. lol

Great pics and I do thank you for the updates and pictures added.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:28 AM
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Interesting. Thanks for posting up.

I remember back in the '60s and '70s, my Dad, who was a mechanical engineer, had a whole slew of ingots of babbit in the garage...I guess he swiped them from the plants where he worked. Never poured any bearings that I recall, though.
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:12 PM
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Amazing work you folk do.

How is the Penstock coming. I would like to see pictures of the upstream end of it.

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