- Jan 24, 2013
I bought an Atlas H54 lathe that has babbit bearing in the headstock. I've been able to reduce the play in the spindle to about 0.001". When I fill the cups on top of the bearing the oil only lasts maybe 4 or 5 minutes at most. I've tried using a felt disc in the bottom of the cup and that slowed it a little but not much. Other than trying some kind of drip mechanism does anyone have any other suggestions as how to solve or at least reduce the amount of oil it uses? Or is this something I just need to live with?