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Old 03-11-2011, 08:03 PM
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What percent of nickel is in Nickel babbitt? How will 99.9% pure nickel work? And what is the going rate now for a pound?
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Default Re: Nickel Babbitt question

It won't.
If you have that much nickel lying around sell it.
Nickel babbitt contains only .5% nickel and is found in only the best quality high speed babbitts.
Whatever it is you are planning to do the use of "genuine babbitt" (a top quality, lead free, babbitt material) will work anywhere but is more difficult to pour than lead based stuff.

The last time I priced NEW babbitt the prices were between and
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Default Re: Nickel Babbitt question

Sometimes you can get some good deals for babbitt on e-bay.
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That is why I was wondering about babbitt. Yes I have a huge lot of 99.9% pure nickel. Like 80,000 pounds of it. I didn't want to sell it to a scrap place if it could be used to restore engines or tractors. They always jack the price up on it making it less affordable for engine restorers.
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Default Re: Nickel Babbitt Question

80,000 pounds sure sounds like a lot. How did you ever end up with such large of pile of Nickel? I'd have to do some more checking but I'd give you about $100K for the pile.
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Default Re: Nickel Babbitt Question

80,000 lbs, based on the London Metals Market quotes, that will buy just about all the engines you would want. Back to Babbitt...

"XXXX Nickel" is a trade name for a Babbitt alloy that also contains a small percentage of nickel.

A wide variety of Babbitt alloys exist, such as:
• Lead-based based Babbitt (75% lead, 10% tin)
• Copper-lead based Babbitt (76% copper, 24% lead)
• Copper-lead-tin based Babbitt composed of (67% copper, 28% tin)
• Nickel Babbitt is composed of Tin, Antimony, Zinc and about .5% nickel

Which one is better, depends... each has an application based on the service requirements of the bearing. On old flywheel engines, the lead-based Babbitt works fine and is less expensive.

My 2-cents.

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Default Re: Nickel Babbitt Question

Ya Jon I bet you would, Hahaha scrap price is about $12.50 a pound right now. I got this from a plating company that went bankrupt. Auction netted me a very good price on all of it.

I just didn't want to sell it for scrap if it could be used for babbitt and save some of it for old engines.

Thanks for the info guys. Appreciate it.
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