View Full Version : New baby arrived ... stork problems

07-28-2004, 07:59 PM
The stork came back in April but I get a little behind sometimes. The stork had problems ...

After living here for over 20 years, it was time I learned about a New England phenomena which I had inadequate exposure to ... MUD.

After a long and very messy day, like 9 ton spring road restrictions and a 27 ton rig trying to deliver, my baby ended up on grade in the back yard with both it AND the tow truck stuck in mud up to 14" deep.

When darkness came, the tow truck guy asked for a ride home and said he would be back the next day. Nothing like dealing with small town businessmen http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif He was actually quite proud of how he had "planted" it and I was proud to have coaxed him into it.

The next day, the tow guy returned with additional chains and cables and winched himself out of the mud and up a fairly steep grade to my front yard.

The front yard, down the side to the back, and what you see all had 10" to 14" ruts. Wife was ready to kill upon noticing the condition of what used to be a decent looking grass lawn.

Ended up using a come-a-long to pull the lathe into the basement on 4x4s, sprayed liberally with Armor-all protectant. The stuff must cut friction by 50% or maybe even more http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

The lathe, a Harrison M300, is in great shape except for paint. It came with the standard whining Harrison headstock (only at highest speeds) but purrs at slow rpms.

It also came heavily tooled but I do not care all that much for tool gloating ... maybe another time http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif



07-28-2004, 08:39 PM
Mud?I don't see no stinking mud! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif There's none on the roof of the truck,what do you mean mud? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

07-28-2004, 08:48 PM
The grass will grow again. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
Looks like you have had your first day of fun out of that new lathe already. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif
Hope you have many more hours of enjoyment with the lathe. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif
Had better get a few loads of metal in there before the stork arrives with the new mill http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Cheers John.

07-28-2004, 08:50 PM
Actually, the mud is somewhat deceiving. The truck never moved again from its position. Of course, 4 wheel drive would have been handy as would some decent tires http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

And, the 27 ton rig that the rigger brought it up on after a 2 hour trip never got closer than 4 miles from here http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

[This message has been edited by nheng (edited 07-28-2004).]

07-28-2004, 08:58 PM
Lucky you... I turned the ten ton lathe over in my floor moving it. Tore the whole end of my shop out. Opening it up to the local vandals.

I was quite upset.

I stood it up christmas eve two years ago.

How much did the tow truck driver charge you?
DId he make it worth his while?


07-28-2004, 09:12 PM
The tow operator put in 8 hours but charged for his original 2 hour estimate. I took good care of him though cause he was a pleasure to work with.

John Stevenson
07-29-2004, 03:28 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by nheng:

The lathe, a Harrison M300, is in great shape except for paint. It came with the standard whining Harrison headstock (only at highest speeds) but purrs at slow rpms.


That thing is bloody imaculate. Are you trying to wind Alastair up???
Get some power to it and get using it.

John S.

07-29-2004, 07:56 AM
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif I felt that one !!!

Besides, the paint really is much worse in person than it is on Alistair's "virgin" machine, but mostly on horizontal surface which you see while working. It should make John happy that most paint on the carriage is now GONE and will stay that way cause it looks great !

John: Any ideas on reducing high speed gear noise? They look good, very little wear is visible. I replaced the headstock oil with Mobil DTE 26 Hydraulic and am about to replace it with Mobil DTE Light Circulating oil. I'm not sure what all the differences are except the latter is spec'd for gears and shafting.

The machine is now on a VFD and has the apron control lever tied to it for forward and reverse. I love it ! Makes thread cutting fun.

07-29-2004, 07:59 AM
Here are the paint and no-paint shots:


07-29-2004, 08:08 AM
I remember a story of the bad old days of auto racing. I believe it was Billy Vukovich who got a bright shiny new Indy roadster, and walked around it with a rubber mallet bashing it here and there so that he could drive it without the fear of putting the first dent in it.
If you leave an open bottle of hydrochloric acid near your lathe overnight, it will cut down on that annoying glare from your carriage.

07-29-2004, 08:15 AM
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

I realized that the machine is for making stuff but I've got that paint streak in me ... no Scottish blood lines though.

07-29-2004, 09:23 AM
IF John S: makes fun of it, it is law.. YOU have to squirt shiny metalflake paint/clear coat on it.

I did.


Alistair Hosie
07-29-2004, 10:14 AM
DEN how did you get it so shiney?Alistair

07-29-2004, 10:35 AM
Much is from the camera flash but the handwheels and micrometer dials were in good shape except for old oil and dirt.

For the compound, protractor base and cross slide, sat in front of the TV several nights with those parts, Nevr-dul and a rag. The Nevr-dull tends to let the original finish come out if it is not too banged up. It is considered non-abrasive but of course, we know what that means.

I stripped the old paint off before the cleaning, using Aircraft remover (not in front of the TV http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif ).