My first post here so a big hello to everyone!
I purchased an AMMCO 7" shaper yesterday and I've started the task of renovating and giving it the required TLC. It is in pretty good condition but it is very, very filthy. I wanted to know if you can give me hints on what is required to remove the ram? The previous owner used the unit to cut some kind of wood/mdf type material and the inner casting and the underside of the ram is caked with this dusty material that has now hardened with the oil/grease used to lubricate the unit. I want to remove the ram so I can get into it and casting to give them a good cleaning, inspection and maybe paint the insides to protect them from corrosion/etc. While I'm at it I'd like to inspect the Gib because one of the allen head setscrews was replaced with a different type of screw that does not match the other 5 used to set the gib tension.
Any and all pointers greatly appreciated.