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  1. Sorry about your trouble....strange happenings...

    Sorry about your trouble....strange happenings here....
    On the initial problem (tight gibs) thought it very strange that the machine was running fine and when returning from a tea break, that
    the...
  2. Be careful doing slotting using a mill by...

    Be careful doing slotting using a mill by vertical plunging.
    Spindle stopped, you will generate point loads on your spindle bearings.....Might never become a problem, but it could be an expensive...
  3. Generally by the time the "O"-ring seats have...

    Generally by the time the "O"-ring seats have gone bad, the liners are also worn and need attention.
    Would consider oversized liners . machine damaged sealing surfaces back to fresh and fit liners...
  4. Any chance you left the machine running while you...

    Any chance you left the machine running while you were off fetching your spot of tea, perhaps with the "X" axis feed inadvertently engaged...?

    Symptom looks from here that the power feed ran to...
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    Your issue is mechanical! Do not believe that the...

    Your issue is mechanical! Do not believe that the control (232) is capable of tilting its working planes (newer controls can do this)
    The tilt of the table along the "Z" (Maho) axis is common as...
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    Nice looking setup. For me think i would have ...

    Nice looking setup. For me think i would have toggle switches to set the machine push buttons to either run continuous of jog depending on the toggle position, and also a toggle
    switch for...
  7. This is a standard fitment on the later square...

    This is a standard fitment on the later square head machines (FP2,FP3)
    Don't own an FP1 so i can't say about that with certainty.

    Don't need any thrust bearing. Would make it with a set screw,...
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    Think you are correct. Industrial production...

    Think you are correct. Industrial production lathe. Appears to not have single point (lead screw) threading capability.

    Cheers Ross
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    The support parts on the machine table are...

    The support parts on the machine table are parallels. Supplied as part of a kit for mounting engine blocks on my Italian built
    "Berco" BC4 line boring machine.....
    The machine came with three sets...
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    Not something i can use, but thought it...

    Not something i can use, but thought it interesting!
    Never seen a slotting head or shaper built like that. Looks like there is some kind of limit trips that set the cutting position and stroke...
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    Made several shipping pallets for FP2's. My...

    Made several shipping pallets for FP2's.
    My setup is similar to Bruce's design with a few detail differences.

    I used 2x6 planks arranged parallel with the "X" axis and planked the full depth of...
  12. Some shots of the adapter used with the Deckel...

    Some shots of the adapter used with the Deckel collets on machines having power draw bars (FP_NC, FP4MK)

    https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=268710&d=1572538022
    ...
  13. The question of tooling is pretty open. Seems...

    The question of tooling is pretty open.
    Seems everyone has their favorites, as do i.
    For the manual machines, i like the factory direct mounting collets. (#40) the reason is simple..they save...
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    Yep those overly complex German machines, aren't...

    Yep those overly complex German machines, aren't they just a pain.....
    Having an integral rotary/tilting table is such a problem when you need to tram an out sized non square part.....Oh and that...
  15. Oil for the spindle gear bow should be a good...

    Oil for the spindle gear bow should be a good quality "AW 46 or 68" (AW="anti wear" hydraulic oil) You can use the same oil in the hydraulic tank for the tool release.

    Running the oil over full...
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    Water based coolants need constant maintenance to...

    Water based coolants need constant maintenance to remain effective!
    Friction way machines all produce "tramp" oil that will get into the coolant and contaminate it.
    Further water base coolants will...
  17. OK had a look at the FP3NC "Z" axis servo and...

    OK had a look at the FP3NC "Z" axis servo and appears that the max current is 12.5A running at 175v.

    On the E-stop thing....if any part of the E-stop string is "tripped" or if the tool change...
  18. Sorry i completely forgot...writing self note...

    Sorry i completely forgot...writing self note just now...
    Cheers Ross
  19. Use-em or loose-em ...

    Use-em or loose-em !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cheers Ross
  20. Not a bad looking machine, seen lots worse.Think...

    Not a bad looking machine, seen lots worse.Think its worth more investigation.
    Can't tell about the condition of the ways where the slides are sitting....Might be fine, could be a pitted mess.
    You...
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    Can't answer your question about the hole and...

    Can't answer your question about the hole and plug, but i suspect its there to cover access to a service point...that is likely that there is a set screw behind that plug
    to secure the bearing for...
  22. Can't tell you the current for the "Z" axis servo...

    Can't tell you the current for the "Z" axis servo on an FP3NC today, but will look at my home machine and report back unless someone here chimes in first...
    Think your machine would be somewhere...
  23. Nominal voltage on the servo motors is 165 VDC....

    Nominal voltage on the servo motors is 165 VDC.
    Current varies depending on the size for the machine and the axis....

    "Z" servo being the largest (X & Y are the same size on the FP-NC's)
    Think...
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    The noisy vertical head is not uncommon on this...

    The noisy vertical head is not uncommon on this model of square head FP2.
    The seller is likely to be correct about the three transfer gears that bring the drive up to the vertical spindle bevel...
  25. On a different note: If going retro, think the...

    On a different note:
    If going retro, think the PC in the large cabinet will become redundant. Can you tell me which version your machine has? (PC1 or PC2)
    I would have interest in purchasing that...
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