Replacement tool rest/tail stock lock lever

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Forum topic by lumberjoe posted 08-21-2012 06:23 PM 4026 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2012 06:23 PM

I love my HF lathe, however the tailstock and tool rest lock levers are plastic and won’t last – especially because my wife uses the lathe a lot and loves to REALLY hammer them down. Has anyone ever replaced them with metal ones? I built a fly tying vice with similar positionable lock levers from McMaster Carr a very long time ago. If I remember correctly it tool several weeks to get the parts. I looked up the Grizzly clone and it also has plastic lock levers.

Has anyone replaced these on either the HF or Grizzly lathe with replacements from Delta or JET?


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#1 posted 08-21-2012 06:29 PM

Joe levers are you talking about?
The whole lever or just the handle?
On my lathe the handle is plastic but the lever is steel.

Another thing : tell your wife to go easy on the lath or better yet, let her break it and then have her buy a new and better one! ( Machiavelli, no?)

-- Bert

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 06:32 PM

The whole thing (except the screw) is plastic on my lathe. I should have specified. There are two levers on each – one lever locks the tail stock/tool rest to the bed. Those are metal and fine. The lever that locks the height/position of the tool rest is plastic. The lever that locks the quill on the tail stock is the same and also plastic. Those are the ones I am looking to replace.


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#3 posted 08-21-2012 06:45 PM

Bert – I’ve got my eye on a new lathe already. My wife is completely obsessed with this thing! It’s literally all she does and talks about. I can barely get to use it. I’m going to post some of her stuff in a few. I’m looking to get a gently used lathe – either a Powermatic, Delta, or Jet with a much larger swing and more power so I can start doing bowls. I’ll set up the HF lathe in a different spot just for her. I’m also considering buying another small table saw and making a cross cut sled for her so she doesn’t need to keep using mine. I don’t like anyone else touching my table saw.


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#4 posted 08-21-2012 07:02 PM

Reid Supply has a lot of that type thing, you might want check there.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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