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    wow and the great ideas keep coming... thanks!

    wow and the great ideas keep coming... thanks!
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    ahh.. so do lathe collets allow material to pass...

    ahh.. so do lathe collets allow material to pass through? (sorry kinda new at this equipment)
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    All great suggestions thanks guys. As to the...

    All great suggestions thanks guys.

    As to the specific task, I have a valve guide 2.5" long, that I need to reduce the OD down to .500

    But I figured having a collet adapter, plate, and dead...
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    Heavy 10 dead center options?

    Need to turn a precise bushing, so I will drill the center and put between a dead center on the spindle and the live center on the tail stock, right?

    Machine is a heavy 10L

    How is this done? I...
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    what gets worn on a chuck?

    what gets worn on a chuck?
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    I sold the 6" Skinner 4-jaw 1-7/8 and for a...

    I sold the 6" Skinner 4-jaw 1-7/8 and for a little less, bought another 6" Skinner 4-jaw 2-1/4.

    Interesting that my Skinner weighed 17.2 lbs and the one I bought weighs 12.6 lbs. Surprised at the...
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    THAT is why I appreciate this site so much. :) ...

    THAT is why I appreciate this site so much. :) Didnt think of that. Al;so, wonder about just enlarging the opening and rethreading inside it if enough material there. Is that 2-1/4 8tpi thread...
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    I ended up with a 6" Skinner / South Bend 4006-46...

    I ended up with a 6" Skinner / South Bend 4006-46 four jaw paid $150 shipped. Should get me going for now...

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    Unfortunately thats not an option. The 4 jaw 6"...

    Unfortunately thats not an option. The 4 jaw 6" is a Skinner and the 3 jaw is a Cushman, old school, one piece chucks...
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    thermite you were absolutely spot on here. upon...

    thermite you were absolutely spot on here. upon further examination my 6" jaws DO reverse I just didnt try hard enough.

    however, now that I've upgraded to the more common large spindle size, no...
  11. Any reason why not both sides ball bearings? Was...

    Any reason why not both sides ball bearings? Was it for cost reason I wonder or some other problem with that?

    Fsh offers a graphite rear thrust bearing which is an improvement and I'll most...
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    interesting!

    interesting!
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    OK I looked into this finally. First, you'd need...

    OK I looked into this finally. First, you'd need an electrolyte (such as sea water) for this dissimilar metal to corrode through electrolysis. Second, even if it was, aluminum is more anodic and...
  14. Ordered that, makes sense to have book and all...

    Ordered that, makes sense to have book and all the felts. I can replace those headstock spindle felts right now while it's apart. Thanks!
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    OK I broke down and ordered the laminated ones...

    OK I broke down and ordered the laminated ones from fsh on ebay. Easy and correct solution!
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    I wonder how much I am limited at the small end...

    I wonder how much I am limited at the small end with 8" ??? I have a 5" 3 jaw and a 6" 4 jaw. I think it was the 3 jaw I made a very small special screw in it maybe 7/16" knurled head diameter,...
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    Actually with that reply (thank you) I should say...

    Actually with that reply (thank you) I should say that the part I was unable to chuck is 5" diameter because my larger 6" chuck jaws dont reverse. Then I discovered the smaller spindle issue and...
  18. That does make sense, I was just thinking that if...

    That does make sense, I was just thinking that if I need to cut a part back side, pulling it away from headstock, that other thrust bearing is just cast iron washer against cast iron headstock. I...
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    always learn something here, in this case,...

    always learn something here, in this case, consideration of dissimilar metals! thanks
  20. Heavy 10 thrust bearing picture and questions

    Here's my setup as it was when I took it apart for a spindle swap. One side has a flat ball bearing for thrust, but going the other way it's just a cast iron thrust washer.

    Is this original and...
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    I must not be good at searching. I searched for...

    I must not be good at searching. I searched for south bend shims, and a couple other combos with shims in the terms, no luck.

    But that link you sent me he was selling them for $40 four years ago....
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    thats a 6" chuck I just found out. looking for 8"...

    thats a 6" chuck I just found out. looking for 8" thanks for the tip though!
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    thanks added to watch and asked him if has...

    thanks added to watch and asked him if has reversible jaws
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    Where to buy heavy 10 headstock shims?

    hi all, my new large spindle installed and following the clearance check procedure, zero movement (and the spindle wont turn). So I'll need some shims perhaps .001" but an assortment of 1,2,maybe 3...
  25. ok good. question should I replace the felts...

    ok good.

    question should I replace the felts for better oiling? where to get that? is there something else thats done, such as remove a little top layer of felt?

    later, I am planning to fully...
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