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Forum topic by HIDDA posted 05-21-2011 05:05 AM 1366 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2011 05:05 AM

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I purchased a used t124 with a copy attachment and am at my wits end trying to get it to do what I’d like. I’m attempting to turn wood bats and when I set up the attachment I cant get it to set up for a 1:1 cut. If I set up for a 1:1 the feeler is so far away from the sample it wont touch until the billet is entirely too small. Either way I set it up, changing template bar positions or any other adjustments won’t allow me to get a 1:1 cut. Haven’t got much help from the factory so I was hoping to get some help from the experts…
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#1 posted 05-21-2011 08:58 PM

HIDDA, I’m not sure what the problem would be. Are you using a template or an actual bat for your sample?
Either way; if your template bar is located properly and your cutter is positioned in the holder at the right distance then you should be able to turn anything 1:1. From that point you can adjust your ratio + or – from the cutter/follower settings. If you didn’t get a book with your lathe, you may be able to order one from the factory or find one on line.
It’s a great lathe when set-up. The very first project I did on mine was turning 69 spindles that had to be the same. I made a lexon template as a sample and it took a little figuring to get it mounted properly on the bar, but once I figured it out it was a piece of cake to turn the 69 spindles, in fact; I would put a new blank in the lathe and let my 10 year old son run the lathe to make each new spindle. Once you get it set up, don’t try to take too much stock off with each pass. Good luck.

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 09:54 PM

As described in the owners manual, I’ve got the bar @ its lowest spot and I’m using a bat to copy. I’ve tried moving te bar and have made multiple adjustments to the tool and tool holder. When the bar is in its sample placement the feeler is 1.25” away from the. Sample and the tool is touching the billet. When the feelr is touching the bat the tool is ready to take off that 1.25”. Its almost like the follower rest and the tool / copy arm need adjusting to make the pieces line up correctly I just don’t see how they can….

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