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    Flush mounted grease fittings

    wondering who would be a supplier of grease fitting on a lathe, in this case it happens to be a Colchester. These are the flush mounted ones equipped with a ball and spring? Dave
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    Applying turtice

    I am getting ready to apply Turcite to the underside of the saddle on my Colchester lathe. One thing I am pondering is how do I prevent the epoxy from filling in the lube holes? Some of them pass through the casting, easy enough to drill them out afterwards. Some of them however will be a blind...
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    Milling an inverted V way

    I have a need to mill an inverted V on the bottom of my lathe saddle way. Being a Colchester the V is 80 degrees, which makes it difficult to use a traditional end mill and tilt the head. Problem is the end face of the cutter will hit the opposing face of the V. One idea i had is to use a 90...
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    Granite surface plate accuracy

    Are the smaller granite plates (12 x18 x 3) square, meaning would the 12” side and the 18” side be exactly 90 degrees ? Dave
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    Colchester bed repair

    Have a Colchester Master with alot of wear in the ways just before the headstock, .020” in one section. This is enough to make it difficult to use when alternating between different lengths of materials without making adjustments to correct. One idea to improve things is to have the bed ground...
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    Gamet bearings preload

    Does anyone know how you can measure / quantify the amount of preload on a spindle bearing for a Colchester Master 2500? Upon disassembly there are in place 12 coil springs, which apply the preload to the bearing. I am assuming this is the correct number of springs? as there are holes drilled...
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    Colchester Master 2500 spindle bearing issue

    I have a Colchester Master 2500 (likely mfg'd in the mid seventies), new to me machine. Upon start up the cutting finish was terrible. The runout at the face of the nose cam is .002" The bearings are not overly noisy when running. I checked for forward movement of the spindle with a prybar...
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    WTB cast iron camel back straight edge

    Looking for a large straight edge 5 or 6 ft. Would like a finished tool ready to use rather than a casting. Dave
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    Storm Vulcan 15A operation

    Started up my new (to me) crankshaft grinder tonight,...a storm Vulcan 15A 1968 mfg date. Just got it wired and air supplied, so now I can start to figure out the operation. I have a line on a shop that has the same machine that are willing to sell me shop time to learn the basics. But I would...
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    Crankshaft grinder steady rest

    Have recently purchased a Storm Vulcan 15A crank grinder. The unit came with two steady rests, however one of the rests is missing the upper contact arm, easy enough to make one, although I don't have easy access to babbit for the tip,...wondering how bronze would work as a replacement? Dave
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    Sunnen bushing grinder

    I have recently aquired a Sunnen bushing grinder, obviously an older unit. The ID tag on the front of the machine says it is a model AHM. Serial number C7081 I cannot find any mention of this particular model anywhere,...when I contacted Sunnen they said that any of the accessories in their...
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    myford compatible milling slide

    Any one had exposure to the vertical milling slides that are offered on Ebay, these are not the Myford manufactured, the adds say they are made in India. The price seem attractive, just wondering about the quality? Dave