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11-05-2016 10:28 PM

Hey all,
I just got the Exelsior lathe and cant get the face plate off. Is there a way to lock the spindle so it doesn’t move while I’m trying to unscrew the faceplate? I tried putting a hex key in one of the holes and leverage it but that didn’t work.

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#1 posted 11-05-2016 11:55 PM

If you bought this lathe from Rockler, I would call their customer service and ask for assistance.

I looked at the ‘manual’ on Rockler’s website, and it does not appear to have a spindle lock.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 11-06-2016 12:38 AM

I started out with that little lathe. On the head stock right behind the face plate there is a small hole that the knock out bar fits into. The face plate has two flat spots so that a wrench or channel lock plyers will grab it. Hold the spindle still with the bar, the face plate may come off by hand or you may need the wrench.
make sure to use the knock out bar to hold the spindle, and not be tempted to hold the chrome hand wheel. it is only on there with a set screw and will strip if the face plate is stuck on good.
good luck

-- John

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#3 posted 11-06-2016 12:45 AM

I tried using the knockout bar, it bent…

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#4 posted 11-06-2016 02:40 AM

I have that lathe and used to have problems with getting the face plate and chuck stuck. Unfortunately, there is no locking mechanism. If you want to use the two indentations, you could get a spanner wrench (hook spanner or pin spanner) to hold the chuck. Your local auto parts store might be able to loan you one (AutoZone has free loaner tools), they might call it a shock spanner.

FWIW, the threads on the wheel on the headstock are left handed. If you can get a strap wrench around it, you might be able to get the face plate loose that way.

Once you get it off, get a plastic shim to go between the headstock and the face plate. I made mine with a piece of plastic from the recycling bin. Haven’t had the problem since. Drill a flat piece of plastic to 7/8” and slide it over the threads. You will probably have to rotate it on the threads to get it on, but this way it won’t float around and be loose. Then trim diameter using a turning tool. Or you can buy one for a few bucks, but what’s the fun in that?

-- Barry,

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#5 posted 11-06-2016 04:22 AM

I’ve had this lathe for about a year now and have never had a problem getting faceplates or chucks off. The knockout bar is design to fit into a hole behind the threads( behind the mounted faceplate) to hold the spindle while you use a wrench on the back of the face plate. If the knockout bent trying to do that, could it be there is something wrong with the threads on the spindle or faceplate? You might try slightly heating the face plate and then use a mallet on the wrench to break it loose (with the knockout bar stuck in the hole to hold the spindle).

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 11-06-2016 03:49 PM

Update: I went to auto zone to get some large heavy duty pliers. It worked like a charm! Just grabbed the back of the face plate with the pliers and the whole in the spindle with a hex key gave it a hard tap and it unscrewed.
Was going to return the pliers but I’m definitely going to keep them for future lathe issues.
Thanks all!

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#7 posted 11-10-2016 01:34 AM

I made a spindle lock for my old turn crafter (same lathe basically) I took a piece of flat stock and mounted it to head stock with a hole that lined up with the hole in then made a “pin” to hold it when changing chuck or faceplate

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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