If you're into Emco, I would suggest two things:
a) Everyday, and I do mean everyday, type the following words into an
Ebay search: "Emco" and "Maximat." Search for either term or both. Do
the Boolean thing.
b) Contact Blue Ridge Machinery repeatedly. Each time you'll get a
different person, and you'll learn more. Blue Ridge are currently the
sole importers of Emco stuff. If you have the bucks, I would
immediately tool up with everything they have for your machine. Their
price lists will also clue you into outlandish ebay reserves. For
example, there's a nice Emco rotary table on ebay at the moment with a
starting price that's about the same as a brand new one from Blue
Ridge. Rumor has it the new one is made in China, but who cares if
it's made well.
I've also had luck on the Chaski hobby message boards. The
Austrian stuff is lovely but expensive. Sometimes I also do Bison
because you get more for your money. It's also good to surf over to
Tony Griffith's site in England. I mean to buy his cd real soon
now....Tony has manuals for many of the Emco machines, as does Blue
Ridge. Tr y
Tony is a superior human
being who knows that information about something is just as important
as the thing itself sitting in front of you.
The achilles heel of the older Emco machines is/are the fiber
gears in the mill heads/ headstocks. I suspect a number of us who have
such animals live with a sheet of phenolic underneath the workbench,
waiting for the time when we must make replacement gears. Blue Ridge
has them, but they're pretty expensive. You might end up paying several
hundred bucks for a new set. I would be careful with heavy intermittant
cuts using a fly cutter.
I think I've had too much Clos Du Bois Chardonnay. Please forgive
me. Carol just got off from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and
we're finally having Thanksgiving dinner. Next time everyone is sitting
down to Thanksgiving dinner, please remember the firefighters, police,
nurses, ambulance drivers etc. who will be there for you when something
We really need an independent Emco page here somewhere to clue
everyone into all this stuff, complete with .dxf files of all the gears
so you can cnc them or make your local cnc Sherline guy very happy. I
actually started trying to do this but ran out of time.
By the way, are you sure you've got a lathe? I think the F1 refers
to a milling machine but that could be the Chardonnay...