There is a Trav-a-Dial on my lathe.
I did not see a way to zero the dials. Do I turn the faces as in an indicator? Or do you have to take notice of where it is and where you want to go?
The lathe is not here yet but I did go and inspect the machines. They are in better shape than the seller told me. Very clean and smooth running.
The lathe was made in Bulgaria and is very stout.
It has a button on the apron(green)that is a rapid traverse. So what ever direction you have the feed in and you press this button it moves very fast!
The electric motor runs constantly and uses a gearing and clutch. If I push down on the lever the spindle turns towards me. Pull up and the spindle goes the other direction. Brake in the middle.
I wonder if I use a swing threading tool if I will be able to just engage the spindle for the thread cut. Reach the end of the cut pull the lever up and press the green button at the same time to rapid back to the beginning. I did not pay attention if the lead screw reverses when I reverse the spindle. If not it would not be a big deal to reverse just the lead screw. The gear shift looking lever is the feed. Pull it left and right for travel parralel to the spindle. Push if forward and back for the cross slide. Quite simple to operate.
I hope the machines arrive next week.