However, the single bear quill that I removed looked so nice I wondered if it could be fitted with another bearing to keep as a back-up. While researching what would need to be done I contacted a SS repair individual to see if he did this type of work. He told me that double bearing quills create more shaft problems, even breakage, and you are better off with a single bearing quill than a double bearing quill. That's hard for me to believe!
Has anyone here ever heard of this? And is there anyone out there who machines quill housings and shafts to take an additional bearing, doing so at a reasonable price. What's reasonable? Cheaper than a new one, and less than what one generally goes for on eBay (usually $75 - $90 dollars).
"... and it was after long searching that I found the carpenter's chest, which was indeed a very useful prize to me, and much more valuable than a ship loading of gold." Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, 1719