My question is about life expectancy on following linear slide setup:
Two parallel 5/16 rods and a slide that uses a pair of small plain ball bearings(5mmx12mmx5mm) on the same axel with the spacer between them instead of a each single grooved roller. The ball bearings will roll on the both side of the rod since the spacer will be shorter than rod diameter.
It's a preloaded design with preload no more than 10-15lb. Speed is 1 foot/sec. It's manually driven device and "high mileage" is not expected.
I understand that radial BB are not made this kind of thrust load but since it's a relatively light load I think that it should work fine.
What do you think? Is it acceptable compromise?