Warner Swasey #3 year 1947? Collet system
I just purchased a used W&S #3 turret lathe. I got it moved to my garage and have started cleaning it up. I have a problem that I cant figure out. The machine is set up with a collet, and I am planning to install the chuck that came with it. I cant figure out how to release the collet closer. It had a bar feeder at one time, so im not sure if there are some parts missing that works the collet. The question I have is the collet draw tube actuated manualy or is it actuated internally by hydraulics? A friend of mine let me borrow a manual but it is for a newer model. I havent put power to it yet. Does anybody have a diagram or a suggestion showing the collet system? I am on a limited budget. Who ever operated the lathe last left a piece of material in the collet with it clamped. I am open to suggestions.Thank you all for your help.
Our #3 has the set up for a bar feeder and collet closer; both seem to run on hydraulics, I say seem cause we don't have the feeder or collet mechanism just the hoses that connect / control it. I have all the factory manuals for the #3, so If you like PM me and I will do some research, I maybe able to copy the appropriate pages for you. You have a nice very versitile lathe there, merely for academic reasons: where did you purchase it and how much?
The collet system is operated either by a lever or hydraulics. To remove you have to take the front cover off that covers the spindle nose. If the is a coolant guard remove it an there will be 6 screwss on the face. After removing the srews you may need to use a plastic mallet or the likes to remove the big ring that the collet closes against. Then remove the master collet and the draw tube will push out the back of the machine. If there is years of swarf built up this can be difficult.
Post some pictures.