OEM parts in ceramic are no longer available. We needed a durable, cost effective replacement. The answer is precision machined, non-magnetic stainless steel - polished and plated with a thick coating of heat treated electroless nickel - heat treated for hardness and long wear. Lastly, hand polished a second time for a brilliant, smooth finish.
This part is slightly larger (diameter) then the original which allows for more reliable guidance of the tape at fast wind speeds, i.e. when the tape lifters are energized.