A couple weeks ago, a fella who was day labor on a nearby house update, stopped by to chat while I was out in the back yard doing some welding. We got to talking and after looking at the Stacks O Stuff..he asked if I might have a motor for a small table saw? I found him a rough but usuable 3/4hp motor..simply gave it to him, and he was happy as can be.
On his way out..he mentioned he had a small lathe someone had given him, never tried making it work..and would I like to have it? It was "pretty rough".
Thinking it was going to be one of the old AA lathes..pretty common around here..I shruged and said if he wanted to bring it by, Id take it, but I couldnt give him any money for it. He shook his head and said he would, be nice to have someone fix er up and maybe use it.
I completly put it out of my mind at that point..didnt figure Id ever see the guy again.
Saturday after my afternoon siesta..I went back out to the welding area..and sitting on my welding table was a lathe. Dirty, dusty..disreputable..with the name LORCH on the side of it...Looks like Ive got a nice and fairly easy restoration on my hands..
This is what she is supposed to look like.It appears to be missing the half nut assembly and lever, and the cover to the headstock. Someone at one time covered the working bits with grease or heavy oil..which collected a shitload of desert dust and dirt, then baked itself on. Cleaning off some sample areas with penetrating fluid and ATF..the metal is a bit stained..but in very good condition. It lead a fairly sheltered life before it was put..well..where ever it was put. He said an old machinist gave it to him years ago.
Carriage handwheel is bent..spinner and maybe the shaft. Headstock bearings after a bit of ATF dripped in, measure less than a grand of movement in longitudnal, zip shit in radial. Looks like the bearings are A-OK. Very smooth and no crumble or grind. Same with the gear train and feed screw. Something is loose inside the apron, and it appears a flat gib may be missing on the back of the carriage..no biggy to make up a new one.
Shit this is a heavy lathe for its size..at least 60 lbs. Lots of cast iron in this old girl. Gonna be rigid as hell. Cross feed and compound screws dont seem to have enough backlash to speak off..though I need to get the crud off to be sure its just not hanging on the spooge.
Ive got some brush type 90vt DC 300 inch pound servos with bad encoders. Dont need an encoder to simply spin it up with a bridge rectifier and a variac.. C face servos..but easy enough to make up a motor mount for...
Anyone know of any sources for Lorch LAS parts and acessories...let me know. Cheap..cheap parts and accessories..... A three jaw chuck might be handy...I think Ive given away all my small ones when I sold the Lorch LLK a few years ago...damnit!
Cast your bread upon the waters..and occasionally it comes back a hundred fold..and not too soggy either...."
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