Re: [atlas_craftsman] Re: headstock bearing replacement
- For the most part bearing pricing is a function of volume and
competition....unique items available from a single source tend to be at the high end of
range while garden variety available from several sources tend to be modestly
priced. Bearing supplier makes more
profit selling a quantity of modestly priced bearings and carries the
oddball rare items
only as a service to their customers who might need one once every couple of
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At $42, I hope you bought two sets! I can't explain the difference,
either. There are a signficant range of prices (I found a part for my
hot-tub pump ranged from $109 to $13 depending upon whom on the
internet that I bought it from).
Different companies price differently according to business model and
market conditions. Some price high and expect low volume, high
margin. Some price low and expect high volume on a low margin. Some
folks (mostly naive or overly hopeful ebay newbies) price ridiculously
high or low. Like the South Bend Heavy Ten that went a few weeks ago
for a buy-it-new price of $300.
For Timken bearings the "A" suffix means different OD/ID or roller
complement. "B" means flanged, so your lathe may use retaining rings
or a different bore/shoulder configuration I guess.
Thanks for the lead about EB Atmus. I plan to reassemble my lathe
after cleaning and and painting to see what my runout looks like
before I pop for new bearings. In case others would find it useful:
http://www.ebatmus.com/ is the link for this Springfield, Mass,
company (I have no affiliation with them).
--- In email@example.com, "Lucas Thompson"
> It doesn't make sense. I replaced mine a month ago and it was something
> like $42 for all 4 parts shipped. Timken 14125A and a few others I don't
> have in front of me. I started looking up the prices on EB Atmus's site.
> Those 16284B and 14276B are expensive.The "B" must mean "Gold Plated".
> My 4800 lathe uses the cheaper non-B versions of the cups.
> Still the prices of those parts are only $141 from EB Atmus. IME those
> guys are helpful and fine to deal with.
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jim Bosley
> Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 6:49 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [atlas_craftsman] Re: headstock bearing replacement
> Yeah, I think that these are the same numbers as the ones I found on
> my Ten. Be prepared to spend over $200 for both sets of cones and
> cups at a distributor, and a little more from Clausing. Least that's
> what I was quoted recently.
> As I understand it, you DON'T need the higher-precision bearings.
> These apparently are custom made by Timken, require an interview with
> their engineers, require a couple months lead time (they are made to
> order), and cost, well, one can only guess. Might be cheaper to find
> a used Hardinge in good condition!
> I was going to change out my bearings but I couldn't find any visible
> problems in the set. So I'm going to get everything stripped, get any
> rust off the castings, and paint the thing, then reassemble. I will
> test runout after proper assembly and pre-loading. Crossing my
> fingers that there is still life in the bearing set.
> --- In email@example.com
> <mailto:atlas_craftsman%40yahoogroups.com> , Jon Elson <elson@>
> > morris_taper wrote:
> > >Hello
> > > Can anyone point me to a source for the bearing info for a
> > >craftsman (atlas) 12x24 change gear lathe... ? thanks Eric
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > Here's a clip from Tom's message from 2003. As far as I know,
> > all 10 and 12" Timken bearing lathes use the same bearing set.
> > 16150: Big Cone
> > 16284B: Big Cup
> > 14125A: Small Cone
> > 14276B: Small Cup
> > Thanks, Tom, for writing it down.
> > Jon