I made a tin similar to that drip tray. Lathe coolant was considered unusable without it.I got so sick of the coolant everywhere that I started looking into buying the sheetmetal enclosure. My sales guy was always insanely helpful and had ties to the factory. He did a little research and found that I could buy the front apron and rear drip rail from the enclosure kit for about (I think) $800. Item #6 and 15:
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Those two parts were a game changer. The front apron slips underneath the carriage and hangs by two fasteners. It catches everything pouring off the saddle. The rear drip rail catches anything that gets under the back sheet metal guard.
After those two parts, it got into the big bucks of the new back wall, the door assemblies, all the rollers, handles, etc. That's where I stopped and it was the sweet spot for the machine. They should have offered those two parts as an option package upgrade to the coolant tank and pump. I'm surprised a sheetmetal manufacturer hasn't gotten into making something similar. There are enough first-gen TLs out there and we all have the same complaint. I'm sure these are long out of production at Haas.
Bit of a pain tho as it pushed your hip further from the chuck.
A tl2 or 3 would be nice for the length and torque.
If I was jobbing with multiple people on it, ya a teach lathe with a tool post is great.
I ran a weiler e35 the better part of 5 years like that. Under 20 parts it was king.
20 tooling blocks with any tool needed pre set. Toss a 0.01” offset on everything. Run. Adjust, run the rest