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Hi Folks, tryin to find out where to get polyethlene tube to make bushings for whirlygigs i have used brass on brass but want to get better weather performance thanks for any info mike
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try searching for the company "TAP Plastics"

http://www.tapplastics.com/product/p...s_tubes_shapes

You will also be impressed what you find for sale on ebay.

Also look for Black Delrin or Nylatron as other good bushing options to make your own.

https://www.interstateplastics.com/a...FUcV7Aod_UAARA

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Two sources for poly tubing are aquarium shops and model aircraft hobby shops.
Make sure you have lots of spare time; it flies in these places!
The R/C model hobby shops will have stuff you didn't even know existed.
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Lowes sells all manner of Black Delrin and Nylatron bushings in their hardware department..
they are in the drawered cabinets..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Lowes sells all manner of Black Delrin and Nylatron bushings in their hardware department..
they are in the drawered cabinets..
+1 with Stick's suggestion. I use the nylon bushings from Lowe's in a lot of my projects. They worked especially well for my recent Engineers Change a Lightbulb project as well as the Swamp Shakedown project.

The are available in several diameters and thicknesses. I used bushings that were 1/4" ID and about 1/4" thick to support the gears on the lightbulb machine gears and ones that were 1/8" thick as bearings for the hand crank supports. I find they create less drag than the metal washers. I highly recommend them.
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you can find load, spring, friction washers, grommets, sleeves and bearings in tube and shouldered there too...

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Enco has acetal rod in sizes of 1/4 inby 36 in and up in sizes. This is made for bearing use. You drill the size hole you need.
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All sorts of plastic bushings and bearings... no minimum order.

igus® iglide® plastic bearings from igus®

Thinking outside the box? What box?
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I just saw a you tube vid where a guy uses the body of old bic (or similar) pens.

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