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JimDillner
10-03-2011, 02:05 PM
I have a Jet 1024P lathe, and have just started to use it. Recently I found out that the dial on the tailstock is graduated with marks for every 0.0025" which is very wierd. The large divisions are not logical either... They read 1-2-3-4 instead of maybe 0.025 for 10 marks. Has anybody ever heard of replacement dials for that lathe that would read in thousandths?

I know it's probably a long shot, but thought I would ask.

Thanks!

38_Cal
10-03-2011, 02:19 PM
Adapt electronic calipers to act as a digital readout on your tailstock, or buy a purpose built tailstock readout. In a pinch, you can set up a 2" travel dial indicator to read off of a plate attached it.

David

winchman
10-03-2011, 03:37 PM
I have the same lathe. Every turn of the TS handle advances the ram 0.125". The dial on the handle has five large divisions of 0.025 each, and the smaller divisions are 0.0025 each. My ram is also marked with 1/8" increments.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/winchman/MiscellaneousCannonAugust2011on.jpg

I've always found it convenient enough.

Maybe you could use an indelible pen to put 0.025, 0.050, 0.075, and 0.100 alongside the present markings.

I should point out that the dial on my carriage hand wheel isn't very accurate after a couple revolutions. I've always assumed something was lost in the metric-to-English conversion, and I just have to remember to account for it. The TS seems to be OK, though.

gwilson
10-03-2011, 03:58 PM
A Jet 1024 was my 2nd. lathe back in the 70's. It was Taiwan made. A nice little lathe. Would turn some steels like it was nickel plated.

I can't recall my tailstock grads,and they could have been different back then. You might have to change the tailstock screw to 10 TPI + the hole it threads into to be able to change the grads to what you want. Probably best to live with it. How often do you drill holes to precision depth?

Randy
10-03-2011, 04:46 PM
I made a paper label with marks every .005" out of a blank VHS cassette label, and covered it with scotch tape. I used it that way for 30 years. I just recently took it apart, skimmed off the original marks, then engraved it every .005, and stamped numbers every .025. Looks like a proper dial now. :)

dockrat
10-03-2011, 08:32 PM
Adapt electronic calipers to act as a digital readout on your tailstock, or buy a purpose built tailstock readout. In a pinch, you can set up a 2" travel dial indicator to read off of a plate attached it.

David

Yup....that worked for me.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh67/Dockrat1/IMGP1303Medium.jpg

gld
10-04-2011, 08:34 PM
Adapt electronic calipers to act as a digital readout on your tailstock, or buy a purpose built tailstock readout. In a pinch, you can set up a 2" travel dial indicator to read off of a plate attached it.

David

Works for me too

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=28169

hareng
10-05-2011, 02:12 PM
Just dont get no liquid any where near them on those poor mans readouts.

Evan
10-05-2011, 04:06 PM
I made a .001" graduated dial for my South Bend 9". It shouldn't be too difficult to make a new one for the Jet. The main thing you need is a way to index the head stock. A 100 tooth plywood blade mounted on the back end of the spindle will work nicely. Make sure to unplug the lathe when using it to scribe the dial.

http://ixian.ca/pics9/tailstock1.jpg

http://ixian.ca/pics9/tailstock2.jpg

http://ixian.ca/pics9/tailstock3.jpg