|Forum topic by Beaujangles||posted 899 days ago||1940 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
899 days ago
Hi everyone. Thanks for looking. Just start this off, this is the first lathe I’ve ever owned. I’ve used one at a friends house a few times, but consider me to be wet behind the ears.
I bought this old lathe on craigslist a few weeks back for a song, and it’s in really good condition for the most part. The stand isn’t too stable, so I’ll be rebuilding that, but I couldn’t find much rust on it. It looks great.
The Model # 101.06260
So, Question #1, can anyone direct me to a Users manual for it? I’ve exhausted google and thought I would find a manual on VintageMachinery , but so far, I’ve got nothing. I was hoping if I could find it, that maybe I could answer most of my own questions as they come up. This question was answered by Yves
#2 I would like to buy a live center for it. The lathe came with 2 dead centers that are not stamped in any way. When I retracted the tail stock all the way, the stock would push the centers loose for removal. Not knowing what type to buy, I borrowed a #2 MT live center from a friend and it seemed to fit it like a glove, but when I retracted the tail stock, it did not touch the center. My friends #2 MT was about 1/4 inch shorter than the center that came with it, but seemed to have the same dimensions otherwise. Can I buy MT2 centers at various lengths or is this another type?
#3 One of the things that I’ll need to do is replace the belt. It’s falling apart. I was concerned that I might need some special tools like a press or something to get the headstock back together if I took it apart. If it does require a press, would it be a good idea to wrap a link belt around it and see if it works without having to get it rebuilt right away?
#4 Last question today, I promise. The stand that its built on has the motor mounted on a piece of plywood connected to the base via a piano hinge. So basically, it’s just the weight of the motor providing friction to the pulleys. The lathe had a turned leg mounted on it when I picked it up, so I turned it on and put metal to wood. The second I touched the wood, all motion stopped, except for the motor, that kept going. Very light touch on a very round surface. I was kind of hoping it just needed a new belt and a live center, but I’m wondering if I need to make any changes to the way the stand is configured?
I found the photos below of a beautiful restoration done by Yankeetoys. It’s of the same model as mine. I tried to email him directly but the sites email server returned my message as undeliverable.
Thank you for taking the time to look through my post. I really would appreciate it if you could share some of your hard earned insight with me.
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