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View Full Discussion @Dalton_Bissell with the amount of continuous spinning this thing does, is the ball bearing replaceable? Or how long would you reckon each would last? Cheers.
The ceramic bearing will last longer than the steel, it is more naturally corrosion resistant. If you don't drop it when it is spun the ceramic one could last forever, I have never seen one wear out yet. The steel one can possibly get tarnished over time, especially if it gets dropped when you spin or if it gets scratched some how. That being said, I have had my steel one for 8 months and it still works great, not many scratches at all and I'm not very careful... I really like to spin them hard... it's way too fun. I have had to clean around the edge of the bearing before, there was a hint of corrosion, that was maybe last month. And after many outdoor photoshoots, it's been in the rain a few times too. The ceramic one I kept for myself hasn't needed any cleaning and has no scratches.
Also which Of the 4 tops spins the longest on its own ?
Would there be a possibility of putting in an industrial ruby? Or would that just explode the price into the near-Eath orbit?
I love using industrial rubies, I have put a few in other tops and it works great and looks very cool. I want to put them in the Zephyr! The only problem is... you guessed it, the price. It's x10 as expensive as the ceramic, but they are of comparable performance. So for now, I think I will use rubies in designs with smaller bearings.
I believe the Tungsten Carbide bearing may spin a few moments longer due to the extra weight. Drag is what causes this top to start to slow down the most, which is pretty consistent.
Ceramic is smoother friction wise though.