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G.A. Ewen
08-01-2008, 11:48 PM
I'm kind of cramped for room until the buyers of my old machinery take them away but I managed to get the new stuff set up temporarily.

The mill/drill is a Craftex B1976. After using a homebuilt vertical mill for so long this machine is a real treat.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/Tools%20and%20Machinery/NewEquipmentAug2008004.jpg

The lathe is a Craftex B2227L (10 x 18). It is a lot smaller than my old one but it seems to be a study little rig. I took a few test cuts and it does a nice job.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/Tools%20and%20Machinery/NewEquipmentAug2008002.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/Tools%20and%20Machinery/NewEquipmentAug2008005.jpg

The first small issue that needed to be taken care of is that there is no tang stops in the tailstock quill. This would make it just about impossible to do any drilling without the MT2 shank spinning out and gauling the inside taper.
A couple of 1/4" x 3/8" set screws set in with a removable thread lock does the job.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/Tools%20and%20Machinery/NewEquipmentAug2008001.jpg

airsmith282
08-02-2008, 12:02 AM
looks good man looks good

:D :D :D

wierdscience
08-02-2008, 12:25 AM
Nice machines George,to pretty though,need some scratches,swarf and grease to look proper:D

Chip_er
08-02-2008, 12:35 AM
I have the same problem in an older tailstock, thanks for the tip GA

abn
08-02-2008, 01:42 AM
Sweet machines...and thanks for the tip.

G.A. Ewen
08-02-2008, 08:10 AM
Nice machines George,to pretty though,need some scratches,swarf and grease to look proper:D

I'll get started on that right away. LOL

Once the shop is totally reorganized I will have nothing bigger that what two men can carry. If a move becomes necessary in the future I could even set up shop in a basement if no garage is available.

It takes a load of my mind to know that I'll be making chip until they plant me. LOL. I can't imagine being forced to sit in front of a TV all day.

Evan
08-02-2008, 09:58 AM
Looks good George. Those issues are creeping up on a lot of us. I'm busy figuring out things to do around this place that will make it possible to stay here as long as possible. One thing on my list is an assist device for our basement stairs, basically a simple elevator that is just a fold down foot stand and handlebar. I'll likely be working on that this winter.

Craftex seems to be a cut above the usual Chinese imports. And, quality is improving all the time. You probably picked the absolute best possible time to buy new machines as the predictions are for significant price increases on Chinese products by the end of this year if not sooner.

G.A. Ewen
08-02-2008, 12:20 PM
Evan, I'm sure that you are right about the soon to come price hike. I lucked out in two ways this time. Bought before the price hike and didn't have to take any money out of pocket because selling the old stuff covered the whole cost.

I also managed to get a new 6" rotary table. There are a few more accessories that I want but they are smaller investments so If I don't manage to get them before the price hike it won't be a large disaster.

GrahamC
08-02-2008, 02:23 PM
The first small issue that needed to be taken care of is that there is no tang stops in the tailstock quill. This would make it just about impossible to do any drilling without the MT2 shank spinning out and gauling the inside taper.
A couple of 1/4" x 3/8" set screws set in with a removable thread lock does the job.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/Tools%20and%20Machinery/NewEquipmentAug2008001.jpg

Interesting mod to the tailstock. I have this same lathe and have never had anything spin in the tailstock and I do a lot of drilling but so far nothing over 1/2". Something to keep in mind in I ever need to use large 2mt shank drills; may just go ahead and do the mod anyway.

cheers, Graham near Ottawa Canada

Al Flipo
08-02-2008, 04:04 PM
I also made a new clamp plate, now, it take less then 1/4 turn to lock it up, and the tail-stock slides much better on the ways.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/alflipo/Picture460.jpg

G.A. Ewen
08-03-2008, 12:05 AM
I also made a new clamp plate, now, it take less then 1/4 turn to lock it up, and the tail-stock slides much better on the ways.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/alflipo/Picture460.jpg

Yup, that is what mine needs as well. Thanks for posting the photo.

torker
08-03-2008, 12:43 AM
George! good to see you back in the chips!
That mill drill is the same one I beat the crap out of all the time.
Be carful you don't overtighten the clamp for the head. It will clamp down so hard it'll get stuck. At least mine did. Someone told me you had to almost put a snipe on the nut to get them tight enough so they wouldn't slip. That's not true with these.
Is yours still made in Taiwan? Mine has a "Made in Taiwan" plate on it.
Russ

dp
08-03-2008, 01:14 AM
Yup, that is what mine needs as well. Thanks for posting the photo.

I don't have that exact tailstock but I did clean up the clamp which is very similar. I also put a spring on it to force it away from bottom of the ways. As built it's likely to rock one end or the other while sliding and it will jam. The spring allows a nice smooth glide.

G.A. Ewen
08-03-2008, 11:26 AM
George! good to see you back in the chips!
That mill drill is the same one I beat the crap out of all the time.
Be carful you don't overtighten the clamp for the head. It will clamp down so hard it'll get stuck. At least mine did. Someone told me you had to almost put a snipe on the nut to get them tight enough so they wouldn't slip. That's not true with these.
Is yours still made in Taiwan? Mine has a "Made in Taiwan" plate on it.
Russ

Yup, made in tie-one-on. The clamp wrench only has a 6" handle. I guess that is to prevent over tightening.

Al Flipo
08-03-2008, 02:58 PM
To make life a little easier, I also installed a QCTP. And a digital indicator, with large number display. (Lee Valley) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/alflipo/Picture462.jpg

Alistair Hosie
08-03-2008, 04:06 PM
Very good luck and much fun with your new equipment G A regards as always and God Bless Alistair

G.A. Ewen
08-03-2008, 05:37 PM
I don't have that exact tailstock but I did clean up the clamp which is very similar. I also put a spring on it to force it away from bottom of the ways. As built it's likely to rock one end or the other while sliding and it will jam. The spring allows a nice smooth glide.

I have implemented your excellent tip and it works 100%. A cut off box end wrench makes a perfect handle that stays in place. 1/4 turn from locked to free. Thanks for the great idea.

Locked up,,,,,,,,,

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/Tools%20and%20Machinery/NewEquipmentAug2008006.jpg

Unlocked,,,,,,,,,,

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/Tools%20and%20Machinery/NewEquipmentAug2008007.jpg

JCHannum
08-03-2008, 06:20 PM
George congratulations on your new tools and best of luck in using them. Scaling down is a difficult decision to make, but all too often, I have seen the results of not making the decision, which ends up in frustration and ultimately unused tools wasting away from lack of use and neglect.

While you are setting up your lathe, this is a "Why didn't I think of that?" feature of Sheldon lathes. The tailstock nut is simply too long for the wrench to be removed with a relief turned for operating the wrench. The wrench is always available. There are times when the T/S is close to the saddle, or junk is in the way and the extended nut becomes useful for operating the T/S as well.

http://members.aol.com/jchannum/tstock

J Tiers
08-03-2008, 09:59 PM
An improved way of dealing with the spinning problem is to use a dog, or make a special device to simply clamp on the drill or chuck shank. Rest it on the compound.

That takes the torque not only off the taper, but also off the key that holds the T/S ram from spinning.

airsmith282
08-05-2008, 08:51 PM
well i didnt make a new under plate for my tail stock but i did install the spring and washer it locks up nice and less then 1/4 trun and the tail stock now glides like its on ice over so smooth what a difference, now its to go and buy my self a box wrench that i need and iam all set, iam really really impressed with the spring idea works so slick every one has got to do this mod..