Hiya all, first post here - have to say this seems a strangely 'nice' group!
Anyway onto the point. I have the opportunity to purchase a Smart & Brown1024 lathe.
Couple of points..... I 'do' engineering on a daily basis - repair and fabricate parts for industry - in all manner of materials - wood/cf/ali/steel. I'm an EE by trade but got bored with it!
I need some parts fabricating from ali for ME! Basically - those firms I do work for are running 24/7 on contract jobs and for the few that aren't - well they want £40 per part. So I figure if I could get a lathe for sensible money it's a better option.
Lathe I've looked at - well I've fell in love with it! Serious bit of kit with just a couple of problems. Slides are great (as new even) but their screws are worn - well, not the screws but the thread in the block. Due to the heavy construction I was unable to see if the thread is actually cut into the slide itself or into a block which is fixed to the slide. I'm guessing the former (in every case?). I've been mulling solutions over in my head - there is currently about 1/4 turn of play - seems a lot - can it really be the block thread that is worn? If it is I'm thinking along the lines of sacrificing some travel and welding some new blocks with freshly cut threads onto the ends - if you follow!
But I'm thinking that is not the problem.
But I'm sure I'm wrong! What a quandry!
So - anyone have experience of these machines - where the fault may be found?
The handle to screw has 0 play (and is geared)...
Cheers for any insight!