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Forum topic by ulises48 posted 03-02-2012 12:13 AM 1189 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2012 12:13 AM

Hello all.
I usually drill my pen blanks on my lathe. It’s a Turncrafter Commander 12 VS.
I may be doing something wrong because I think this is cumbersome and slow… or maybe it’s a problem with my lathe. When I try to advance the drill with the tailstock wheel, it’s like I’m wrestling the lathe. It’s really hard to advance. Once it has advanced a couple of inches, it starts to loosen up, but then my chuck starts to spin. So I have to turn off the lathe, disengage the tailstock, pull it backwards, steer the wheel to retract the drill once more, push it forward again further into the hole, engage the TS again, turn the lathe on and start again. By the time I finish drilling the blank I’m exhausted. There’s got to be something wrong here and I think the main culprit is the inner tube that goes inside the tailstock. I think this piece is the one preventing my tailstock to move freely. I have already tried to clean and lubricate the interior and exterior of this piece, so that wouldn’t be a solution. Pen State Industries, where I bought my lathe has not answered any mail from me, even asking to buy a new piece.
Any advice? Please? Is this like a standard part that could be purchased somewhere else?
Thank you for your time.


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#1 posted 03-02-2012 12:20 AM

I have the turncrafter lathe… The chuck i use for drilling is one of the cheapies from Harbor Freight, and I don’t have any issues… except when you turn the tail stock all the way back. If I advance the tail stock until the shaft is exposed about an inch, I pop in the drill chuck, and it turns great. If I try to back off the wheel to much, the chuck will start to spin in the Morse Taper.

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 11:03 AM

Thank you interpim. I always use the PSI dedicated pen blank drilling chuck on my headstock, and hold the drill at the tailstock with the chuck that came with my lathe. The problem may be the threaded inner tube that goes inside the tailstock. I feel this part is somehow damaged and thus, can’t move freely when turning the tailstock wheel.
More opinions, anyone?

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