I was pretty heavily slammed shortly after the lathe's arrival, so I do
not recall how much I posted about it. Just in case, a brief re-cap,
and then a question.
My Enco 12x36 lathe lives! Rigging it was not too bad, though I was
wise to be suspicious about the connection of the skid (bolted to the
lathe) and the pallet: there was none other than the straps around the
crate that was built onto the skid! I ended up starting with a floor
jack to crib the skid and then slowly cut the pallet away to make room
for my engine hoist's legs. Once it was balanced in the slings, I
decided to go for and had the (already assembled) stand under it in a
few minutes. It was late, so the next day, I raised it slightly off the
ground and used 2x4 as a pry-bar to nudge the hoist across the garage to
its current location.
There was very little grit in the headstock, though there was a stray
machine screw. After some searching, it appears to have been a lost
screw of the type used to hold some of the front trim.
I built a 220 extension cord with a 15 amp double throw breaker in a $10
box to get it running.
So far, I have turned a little Al tubing, and noted that the 3-jaw chuck
(the only one I have used so far) was not running true. It appears to
be due to the pins on the back of the chuck. It was mounted to the
spindle when the lathe was shipped, and I suspect that either two of
them was installed too short, or one was left too long. It might have
been assembled that way due to some grit inside the hole receiving the
long pin. After some cleaning, I started to get it to sit down as far
as the other two pins _after_ my reassembly.
The chuck no longer runs untrue, but that is primarily because it no
longer mounts to the spindle :( I assume that I now have all three pins
at incorrect extension, probably screwed too far into the chuck body.
Unless the Chinese part of the instructions with my 4-jaw tells how to
mount the pins, I am w/o specifications. What is the correct way
(height at which, number of turns, etc.) to mount them?
14 years ago