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    Default Hendey Lead screw reverse repair

    I have a 14" early 50's 18 speed gear drive Hendey. I recently replaced the Vee belts. Having to remove many of the covers and a gear I decided to give it a Paint Job and do some maintenance on it since the Kung Flu I'm a little slow. Also it's one of 6 lathes I have so I can work around it.
    The lead screw reverse drive slips from time to time in the Left Hand Screw direction. Right hand works fine. I assume the previous owner used it while running the spindle too fast during feed reversing. I've had this lathe over 20 years, it had this problem when I got it. Not very bad, if I need to cut LH threads I hold the lever, However since I'm doing a little work on the lathe I'm thinking it's a good time to fix it. I'm familiar with the mechanism, helped a friend fix the problem on a Hendey I sold him. We did lift the headstock. Being my shop has too many machines it would be a bit of a problem to get a Forklift near the lathe nor is there anything to attach a means to lift it. Easiest way would be to move the lathe to where I can use the Forklift.
    So after all that long story, is it possible to access the reversing mechanism without lifting the Headstock?

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    Is it possible to access the reversing mechanism without lifting the Headstock?
    No, assuming one is the normal human sized being. Photos often posted. I'll suppose the gear head just has a harder to handle head stock casting compared to Cone Head

    Photos compliments of Patrick Black

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    I had to adjust mine after moving it into place and I put a box under it and was able to lay on that and reach up and do the adjustment... however, my model doesn't have a pan under it. YMMV

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    however, my model doesn't have a pan under it.
    Or a 200 Lb motor in a snug fitting cabinet leg

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    I'm going to try moving it to where I can get to it with my fork lift. Don't do much LH threading but it will be nice to get it fixed. Have my L&S apart too, thought it would be a quick fix. The key in the rack gear moves when I bring the carriage to a micrometer stop. Has a cover in the front of the apron, removed it to find I have to remove the apron! Got a new clutch from Hendeyman for my 12" so that one is down but still have 3 lathes operational and due to the Kung Flu my main customer is closed! So I have a little time to get the lathes running! Just to make things interesting I purchased 4 more at HGR.


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