I am setting up a new (to me) lathe in my shop and I am having
problems finding the release for the half-nut/feed lock-out feature. I
suspect someone on the list has ample experience with this machine.
The manual mentions the presence of an interference device to prevent
the engagement of the half-nut and the feed at the same time AND warns
not to force the locked-out lever when the other is engaged.
I have found the neutral position of the feed control level and have
tried disengaging the leadscrew at the sliding gear. No combination
will effect the release of the lock-out feature. Currently the
longitudinal and cross feed are in while the half-nut is disengaged.
The half-nut lever is free and will rotate easily about a degree
before encountering a positive, solid stop in either direction. When I
look at the half-nut behind the apron, I can see it move
ever-so-slightly within the limited movement now available. I remember
inspecting the half-nut prior to purchase and I cannot remember being
unable to engage it...so i think I am just stumped for a simple
answer. The only thing I can think of that I may have done to affect
the mechainsm is removing and then replacing a 4" or so bolt on the
tail stock face of the apron while searching for the oil drain plug.
Suggestions solicited and appreciated.
18 years ago