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As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time.
It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop.
In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.
I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too.
I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation.
I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will.
Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with.
I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons.
Other than that, I will not be around.
I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.
You will need to tell us more to get a useful answer. What lathe? Metric or Imperial lead screws? Do you have the correct change gears (if needed) to do 11.5 tpi? Will the 11.5 thread be straight or tapered? What are you making?
Edit: Answering the following questions might also help your project. Will the thread be required to seal against gaseous or liquid pressure without leaking? If so, how much pressure?
My Kent USA 13x40 with a 8 TPI lead screw, 4" per revolution threading dial, and 32 tooth threading dial gear can be used for 11.5 TPI if always engaged on the same number.
If you have a 11.5 square on your quick change on your lead screw gear box Yes. I am sure the machinists that change the gearing on the end of their lathes will have some interesting comments on this. I say yes with out going out to the shop to check the threading chart on the Clausing but I am reasonably sure it has an 11.5 setting. I re-read your question thus the following comment I would use the same number on the threading dial for each pass. Are you cutting internal or external threads? Maybe both so enjoy. Please excuse the jump to conclusions at the beginning of this response.
Have a good day
Can't say for others, but my 19" Regal will cut 11-1/2 TPI, and will engage properly on opposite numbers on the thread dial; only if there are quarter threads, do I have to engage on the same number; this applies to any lathe with a 4 TPI lead screw.
I had the gears, just hadn't used the threading dial I had installed before. Opposing odd numbers worked great. Even figured out how to remove the work piece from the chuck, put it back in the chuck and align the threads to continue cutting