Picked up what people on Lumberjocks here like to call a ‘starter lathe’ but they clearly come from a very different economic background than I do. Yes that pile of zinc die cast doo dads was an upgrade itself from the previous cobbled up bits of scrap 2×4 and stove bolts.
My question is the tailstock is difficult to move, it workes and I can move it, but in my mind I should be able to loosen the nut and it should glide back and forth, instead it ’s more like moving a refrigerator with pokey feet across a vinyl floor. The tool rest arm has a spring and the tail stock does not, so maybe it’s missing a spring, although the tool rest is a pain to move as well. There was also a little rectangular piece of sheet metal with a hole drilled through the middle that does not look at all original somewhere in the mix of bolt and washer and the little cast iron square the engages with the bottom of the lathe bed that I just removed. I don’t know why it was there or what it’s purpose might have been.
Is it just less than an ideal design or am I missing something?