Re: Bearing quality? Spindle adapters?
ive had lots of experience with the beaver 3400, rebuilt 3 of them
any good quality standard bearing is more than adequete, i use the skf from motion canada, about 15 bucks each i think. never had a problem with them
special b its for the headstock can be a problem, there is no morse taper in there. the very old beavers did have a mt2 in the headstock, mine from the late 40's does, later models didnt have that feature. you are correct on the threading, the outboard side has a 3/4 by 16 lh thread
is the machine worth keeping and upgrading? well i definetly thinkso, mines older than me and most of us here, its a well built reasonable capacity machine, somewhat crude by modern standards(keep a 3/4 wrench handy and manual shift the belt over) but they will last for another 5 decades easily and no plastic or potmetal stuff to break
my shop is a beaver lodge
steve, sarnia, ont