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    Quote Originally Posted by Curly View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Most suppliers provide an assembly instruction sheet that sometimes has the bushing diameters in them. They are often on a link to a pdf somewhere on the description page others have an instructions page to get it from. You can use it to compare the sizes of different kit tubes and the bushings for them. One of the frustrations is each kit supplier will have their own name for the same kit, the mentioned Sierra being one of them.

    There is nothing to stop you from using worn out bushings or smaller than needed as long as they fit the tube diameter from other kits and measure to size using callipers as you work.

    Silver mentioned the IAP's list of bushings and tubes. They also have apps for iPhones and Android you can download for a dollar US. It is searchable by typing in a name, diameter or length and a list of all the kits the search matches will pop up letting you make comparisons. It doesn't have every kit or every seller but it is very comprehensive.

    For what it is worth I use bushings between centres to get to rough size then finish between centres using digital callipers. A dead centre with a 60 cone in the headstock and a live bearing centre with a 60 cone in the tailstock. No mandrel.

    Pete
    I see what you all mean! Thanx for the kind answer!


     
     
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    Be careful some pens eg Sierra from one company can be a different size to one from another company. DAMHIKT

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    When a company produces a new pen kit, unless they want the bushes to tie in with another kit in their own catalogue, compatibility with kits from other manufacturers I assure you is usually the last thing on their mind. I have even seen a discussion on this forum from someone arguing that all kits should be designed to standard sizes so that all bushes are the same!

    Bushes though, although ultimately they do wear out, will last for a good long time, and I'm afraid that unless you turn between centres, acquiring a set with a kit that is new to you is part of the game. Making kits to standard sizes is a ridiculous concept that does nothing more than limit creativity, and the safest thing to assume when you experiment with a new kit is that the bushes are unique. But the good news is that as your experience grows, you will be able to sort out for yourself which kits and manufacturers are worth buying and which are not, and your understanding of compatibility will grow with it.

    Welcome to the forum Paul - enjoy the journey
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