I was trying to avoid another “project”, but I really wanted to find a lathe, this one was close, and the price was right.
From the serial number, it’s a real oldie – 1943 timeframe. It’s not real pretty, as the previous owner was in the middle of stripping the paint. It has some problems – the motor is poor (has to be kick started), the flat belt is definitely on the way out, the chuck appears worn, there’s a chewed up tumbler gear, and the feed drive gear on the back of the spindle has a chipped tooth. On the plus side, there isn’t a lot of play in the cross or compound slides, the spindle appears to turn smoothly, and all the castings appear fully intact. I hope to find some replacement parts to get everything working as it should.
Can anyone please advise as to how to break the chuck loose? Should the back of the chuck be soaked in penetrating oil for a while? Are there any sort of locking screws to remove before trying to turn it off? Is it OK to lock the back gears in place and lightly “malletize” the chuck a bit? Are there other ways to stop the spindle from turning?
Taking the spindle out to get the belt changed has me a bit concerned. This Logan has been running for 50+ years, and I sure don’t want to bust up anything important. Does anyone possibly know of specific instructions for getting the spindle out? From what I can tell, there’s a nut on the back and a cap on the front. Does it just slide out the front? Any advice would really be appreciated.
I guess it’s time to pick up a gallon of WD-40 and few brass brushes. Plenty of parts to clean up.