View Full Version : Tool Gloat. New Lathe

07-22-2014, 11:39 PM
Got my new Lathe home.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg244/kf2qd/Lathe_zps5eda40a1.jpg (http://s250.photobucket.com/user/kf2qd/media/Lathe_zps5eda40a1.jpg.html)
An Enco 12x36. Looked brand new, and I put more marks on it moving it than the previous owner ever did. Any ideas on how long til it's too small???

Now I need an Aloris compatable #2 toolpost. Or a 3x3x3 cube of steel and make my own.

07-22-2014, 11:48 PM
Congratulations! I can inderstand the feeling when a major piece of equipment is added to the shop. Enjoy using it :)

The Artful Bodger
07-22-2014, 11:52 PM
Looks good! I doubt it will ever by too small but it might get lonely and you will need a bigger one to go with it!;)

07-23-2014, 01:47 AM
Congrats! That'll keep you busy for a while :)

07-23-2014, 09:43 AM
Congrats! I bought one just like that in 1995 to get me by for a year or so until I could get a better one. Ended up using it for 18 years on a daily basis. When I sold it, it was still working fine.

07-23-2014, 10:04 AM
No price = no Gloat!:p

daryl bane
07-23-2014, 10:35 AM
Got one just like it. I have one of the nicest Monarch EE's around and I use the ENCO 99 % of the time. I put some ball ends on those knurled levers, just feel better when you are swappin the speeds/feeds all day. If it has the gap bed, I'd suggest not removing it. The only problem I've had was in the motor contactors. I figured a way around them, but that for me was always the weakest link.

07-23-2014, 11:01 AM
Congrats on your new acquisition! :cool:

I've never had a problem with the size, but I eventually wanted more control. Adding a little more HP, smoothness, and user friendliness turned it into a machine I'll keep forever.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/Highpwr/Lathe%20conversion/th_Lathepowerpanel.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Highpwr/media/Lathe%20conversion/Lathepowerpanel.jpg.html) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/Highpwr/Lathe%20conversion/th_VFDandtachulatorpanels.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Highpwr/media/Lathe%20conversion/VFDandtachulatorpanels.jpg.html) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/Highpwr/Lathe%20conversion/th_Lathe_3phase.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Highpwr/media/Lathe%20conversion/Lathe_3phase.jpg.html)

john hobdeclipe
07-23-2014, 11:11 AM
Any ideas on how long til it's too small???

About a week.

07-23-2014, 11:19 AM
I have two chinese 12x36's and am mostly happy with them.

As others have mentioned, the electrical stuff is the weak link on them. Run the OEM electrics until they fail and then upgrade to 3ph & VFD, bypassing the stock contactors.

Put a short piece of rubber hose on the end of an oil gun to lube the ball fittings. Take apart the cross slide bearing, make sure it has grease, then snug up the preload when you reassemble it, to reduce the backlash.

Steve Steven
07-23-2014, 07:59 PM
I have a similar lathe from HF. One thing I heard about and did was to replace the light bulbs with 12V ones when they burned out, which didn't take long. I got 12V ones from the auto store and replaced the 6V ones that came as standard, been 12 years and the 6V ones haven't burned out yet.


07-23-2014, 11:32 PM
Another aspect to the HF/MSC clone 12-36 to consider, when mine was 1-2yrs old ~10yrs ago the KM1 contactor burned out. Fortunately I had positioned the lathe at 90D to the wall so
access to the electrical box was easy. I was able to order a new contactor from HF for ~$25 or so, and research showed it to be a Siemens design knockoff. While waiting for the new one
I swapped the KM3 to the KM1 position, KM3 being used only to jog. KM1 is forward, KM2 reverse. The point of the post is that the contactors were listed as 24-28Vac coils. The transformer had a single secondary, a tapped coil with 0-6V-33V output as labeled and measured. The 6V was for the lights. The KM coils were across the 0-33VAC contacts so were overvolted by more than 6V. I swapped the coil leads to the 6V-33V connections so the coils would see only 27V. They work fine and no further burn out.

Paul Alciatore
07-24-2014, 12:26 AM
Only if you are optimistic!

Nice machine. Happy Chips to you!

About a week.

07-25-2014, 02:10 PM
Great find! It's a one solid lathe. Best of luck!

07-25-2014, 04:24 PM
New machines are always fun to figure out.
Hope you have a good time on it, and be safe.


07-26-2014, 10:33 AM
Now you can do what we all do: spend more time making things FOR your machine than you do making things WITH your machine. :)

Tony Ennis
07-26-2014, 10:44 AM
Now you can do what we all do: spend more time making things FOR your machine than you do making things WITH your machine. :)

That's what makes being an amateur great!