I have the 12x33 3/8 Harbor Freight Lathe, the one with the reversible head

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Forum topic by Geophyrd posted 08-30-2014 03:37 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2014 03:37 PM

I’m asking anyone familiar with this lathe for advice….does anyone know how Tao remove a chuck from it. It doesn’t seem to have a spindle lock. No put a Nova chuck on it but when I went to take it off, there is only a place for one wrench and that spins both spindle and chuck. Please help, if you can…today was going to be a turning day

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 03:45 PM

Is your Nova chuck a keyed chuck or does it use tommy bars?

You should be able to use a spanner wrench on the spindle and use the key/tommy bar to loosen the chuck.

You might also be able to grab the chuck with a strap wrench (available at auto supply stores).

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 02:38 PM

If it’s a 4 jaw chuck try this trick (I just set this up for the picture, chuck wasn’t assembled but you should get the idea though). Place a long piece of hardwood in the jaws crosswise and clamp in place now either spin the chuck clockwise so the wood strikes the lathe bed or strike the wood with a mallet to unscrew it. DO NOT TRY DOING THIS UNDER MOTOR POWER!!!!! The force of the wood striking the bed or the mallet will looosen the chuck. Next time you screw the chuck back on make a paper washer, like from a file folder, that will fit the diameter of the shaft and this will ease removal.


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