As I work my way thru my two new to me 260 lathes, I am learning and discovering many things about these lathes, so far all good, very well built and good quality parts from what I see so far....

As I pulled out the spindle today and examined the bearings, I wondered why these aren't packed in grease, after all they are basically the same bearing type used in front end wheel bearings in cars, which have much greater load and travel 100s of thousands of miles with no grease changes, and do just fine. Our lathes present a rather light load for these bearings and certainly will never approach the "mileage" of a bearing in a car.

Just curious, as I bought some new brass elbows today to make up new I was installing them I thought why not put in grease fittings instead.

Anyway, food for thought.


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