I'm setting up a flood coolant system on my old 14-1/2" South Bend lathe. I bought a cheap 3gal tank+pump from Enco along with somekoolmist water soluble stuff. My problem is how best to set up the system on the lathe to get good drainage back to the tank. My first idea was to tilt the lathe slightly so the coolant ran to the back left corner of the chip pan (back side near the headstock) where I drilled a few drain holes to allow the coolant to drip back into the tank. This was convenient, but I hadn't considered the coolant on the ways. The coolant that gets on the ways runs back under the headstock and finds its way down into the drive compartment and onto the floor, not good. I guess that I should change the tilt to get the coolant to run toward the tailstock end, but I'm not sure this will completely solve the problem and I'd like to hear how others have their lathes set up with flood coolant.
I'm setting up a flood coolant system on my old 14-1/2" South Bend lathe. I bought a cheap 3gal tank+pump from Enco along with some