You get what you pay for. An inexpensive (aka cheap) thrust bearing or
substitute device (not recommended) may in the long run cost you more in
time and frustration than if you spent the $50 in the first place. A cheap
bearing that freezes up, rusts out, binds, etc especially in the middle of
winter when tower climbing, mast and antenna pulling, etc. is impossible or
unsafe can make the money you should have spent to do it right in the first
place not seem excessive.
>From: Rob Frohne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [TowerTalk] Inexpensive thrust bearing?
>Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 10:06:59 -0700
>Does anyone have a source for an inexpensive thrust bearing? I have a
>plate on the top of my tower with a hole through it, and was thinking of
>putting a thrust bearing on, but the ones I found were around $50 which
>for my frugal self is a bit spendy for a thrust bearing. It seems that
>there is probably a cheaper way to do this with some kind of automobile
>bearing or a sleeve of pipe and some set screws, etc. Does anyone have
>Rob Frohne, Ph.D., P.E.
>E.F. Cross School of Engineering
>Walla Walla College
>100 SW 4th Street
>College Place, WA 99324
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