All bearings serve vital purposes inside of a piece of equipment. Guide bearing babbitts can serve the purpose of protecting moving parts inside of a motor or engine from excessive heat and friction. If you have equipment pieces that rely on these bearings, there may come a point when you have to contact a professional for repairs. Here are a few things you may want to know when you do.
What is a guide bearing babbitt made out of and how does that affect repair?
These units tend to be made out of various metal alloys, such as copper or aluminum. In order to properly perform repairs on the bearing babbitt, the repair technician will first examine what kind of metal alloy the unit is made out of. Each type of metal alloy will require different handling during the repair process. For example, aluminum is more flexible, but it does not hold up very well to welding processes. Therefore, the piece may have to be disassembled and the aluminum casing will simply have to be completely replaced.
Can the guide bearing babbitt still be repaired if it is really old?
Some of the older bearing babbitts were created out of tin, and tin can be especially hard to repair if it is cracked or starting to corrode. While it may be possible that the repair technician can still do repairs, it is often necessary to replace the unit.
Why is it so important to replace a babbitt when it starts to go bad?
You may be tempted to allow the babbitt to sit idle if it is only showing minimal damage. However, the babbitt serves the critical purpose of protecting moving parts within the equipment where the bearing is placed. Even the smallest flaws, such as spots of corrosion, can mean the internal operating components are being put under stress that could cause further problems.
How long does it take to replace a guide bearing babbitt?
Replacing one of these bearings can take different lengths of time depending on where the unit is within a piece of equipment and what type of equipment it is that is being worked on. Something like a small motor with smaller babbitts may be finished within a short time frame, but it is not uncommon for babbitts to be deep inside the equipment where several other parts have to be dismantled during the replacement process.
For more information, contact a guide bearing babbitt repair specialist.
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