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Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby DieselMonkey » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:40 pm

Yesterday I replaced the Gantry bearings (Cam Follower Bearings) on my DHC2, there are 9 of them total, plasmacam wants 19.99 ea for them, I sourced them from a local bearing shop for $13.68 ea with no shipping charges, took 3 days to get them, they are the same bearing from the same manufacturer.

Item Number CR8-1VBUU

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby jimcolt » Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:02 pm

Yeah, they shouldn't be allowed to make money! Their markup is not bad compared to most in this industry.

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby DieselMonkey » Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:41 pm

No, its not bad, I know some other manufactures love gouging prices, just figured it was worth a share for some of the guys who do this as a hobby. Then again I'm more loyal to my local shops that I deal with day in and day out than I am to PCam, guess Im still a little sore in the wallet from all those $998 software "upgrades".
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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby PlasmaMac » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:20 pm

As a matter of fact, every single one of those upgrades to our plasmacam machine have paid for themselves MANY MANY times over. I'm not sure what to tell anybody who complains about them. If they are not going to help you save time, money and make your cause more efficient, then that is why they are entirely optional. There are plenty of folks who have done fine with a basic set up based on their cutting needs.

Typically those that complain about price, will complain no matter what the price is. In fact, when your productivity picks up, there is no doubt that any and all of those upgrades have been worth every single penny to me and many other that I know whom use their plasmacams day in and and day out for their livelihood.

I honestly cannot think of a better system that is sold at a better price (with or without upgrades) and that is as simple to use as a plasmacam....There are not very many things (that I have come across) that can be dropped off at your shop's front door step that will allow almost anyone to be business from one day to the next, like a plasmacam. Our 4x4 with upgrades does the work of 7 men without taking smoke breaks. It is by far one of the most important tools in our shop.

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby jimcolt » Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:03 pm

The upgrades have been worth it to me. On a Torchmate machine it costs around $4000 to upgrade to torch height control. On a Plasmacam it is about $1900 (two software upgrades) and no hardware or wiring involved. Sure seems like a better deal to me!

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby DieselMonkey » Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:20 pm

Well I feel like any useful conversation that could have some from this post has now been lost. I posted the number for someone who might want it, not to create a pissing match about how great plasmacam is an wether or not they make a good table, they do, ours has paid for itself. If someone wants the numbers, great, if not, great. I'll leave it at that.
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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby Bobcat320 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:50 pm

DieselMonkey wrote:Yesterday I replaced the Gantry bearings (Cam Follower Bearings) on my DHC2, there are 9 of them total, plasmacam wants 19.99 ea for them, I sourced them from a local bearing shop for $13.68 ea with no shipping charges, took 3 days to get them, they are the same bearing from the same manufacturer.

Item Number CR8-1VBUU


Curious, how long was it before you replaced the bearings?
My machine is only a year old, and I try to keep the bearings, gantry rails and everything clean and lightly lubed, but I am still surprised at the wear my bearings are showing already.
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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby DieselMonkey » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:26 pm

Bobcat320 wrote:
Curious, how long was it before you replaced the bearings?
My machine is only a year old, and I try to keep the bearings, gantry rails and everything clean and lightly lubed, but I am still surprised at the wear my bearings are showing already.
Thanks,
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They lasted almost 3 years but the first two years of this tables life were very uneventful.
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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby Bobcat320 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:29 pm

DieselMonkey wrote:
Bobcat320 wrote:
Curious, how long was it before you replaced the bearings?
My machine is only a year old, and I try to keep the bearings, gantry rails and everything clean and lightly lubed, but I am still surprised at the wear my bearings are showing already.
Thanks,
Carl



They lasted almost 3 years but the first two years of this tables life were very uneventful.


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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby jimcolt » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:43 am

Gentry bearings certainly take a lot of abuse.....they are subject to fine particles of the material you are cutting.....which are very abrasive. I have not replaced any on my 9 year old Plasmacam.....but being a hobby machine it likely gets used a bit less than others. Having an efficient downdraft fume control keeps the machine much cleaner as well....and likely will make moving parts last longer.

Probably not a bad idea to keep a few of the bearings in stock......and drive belts!

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby jimcolt » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:46 am

These are discussion forums, everyone is entitled to discuss their thoughts and opinions. You actually (sort of) seemed to complain about the high cost of software upgrades......a couple of us responded with our thoughts regarding the cost vs the benefit. That is valuable info for other users....just like getting a better price on bearings is.

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DieselMonkey wrote:Well I feel like any useful conversation that could have some from this post has now been lost. I posted the number for someone who might want it, not to create a pissing match about how great plasmacam is an wether or not they make a good table, they do, ours has paid for itself. If someone wants the numbers, great, if not, great. I'll leave it at that.

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby Joe Jones » Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:28 pm

I (currently) have three tables, so I bought 48 of those bearings to keep around.

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby little blue choo » Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:18 pm

You can purchase these bearings for $8.50 here. Minimum order of 4 bearings ($34) and free shipping.
https://www.mrosupply.com/bearings/cam- ... o-bearing/
Hope this helps someone needing them.

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby Bobcat320 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:16 am

little blue choo wrote:You can purchase these bearings for $8.50 here. Minimum order of 4 bearings ($34) and free shipping.
https://www.mrosupply.com/bearings/cam- ... o-bearing/
Hope this helps someone needing them.

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Awesome - Thanks Rick!
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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby Joe Jones » Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:23 pm

Yep. That is where I bought them.

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Re: Replacement Gantry Bearings OEM Parts

Postby Uzaree » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:38 pm

Yea I found a place local for buying the bearings and I get them for $5-6 a piece.


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