- Jan 28, 2013
- NE Ohio, USA
Going to ask a probably dumb question here on replacing spindle wicks, try not to judge me too much Thinking about replacing the headstock spindle wicks on my 1940's 9B. Although the lathe is extremely "low mileage" (I'm the 2nd owner), after approx sixty years, I figured its about time to do it. Bearing clearances are fine, and I wanted opinions on whether it is strictly necessary to loosen the spindle bearing "clamp" bolts (or not) prior to removing the spindle. I really don't anticipate fuzzing with the clearances/shims, and really don't want to disturb the current (undoubtedly "factory")settings. Just want to clean things up a bit, and replace the spindle wicks. Is it OK to do it like this, or is it a "must do" to loosen those two clamp bolts before spindle removal just on account of because...?