H-M Supporter - Sustaining Member
H-M Platinum Supporter ($50)
- Jul 21, 2015
Hi, new to the Atlas group, past user of Van Norman Mill. I recently acquired a QC54, S/N 004635, from a PO in WA. No history from the PO, forgot to ask, as I had just driven 1100 miles to pick up the unit. $1100 purchase price, as was crazy to get a lathe with tooling. Steady rest, follower, 3 jaw, 4 jaw, small face plate, lots of Morse drills, cutters, knurlers, etc. Thought I had a pretty good deal, but the horizontal countershaft assy and motor base had been broken and brazed, which wound up broken again by the time I got it home. The feed screw miter gear had essentially no key, only a thin razor of a line about a sixteenth of an inch. Motor wiring was cracking so replaced the wiring. Found a new countershaft assy on Ebay, as well as new miter gears as part of a lot with milling attachment. Reluctant to pull spindle for bearing serial number check, but the back bearing as a little tic, so purchased a backup spindle with bearings (no races) in case need in future, as the MT3 taper in spindle is pretty ragged. The 24 tooth gear in the reverse tumbler had a couple of chipped teeth, so ordered a steel Boston Gear replacement. Still in process of giving a good cleaning. Looking forward to gaining access to the downloads section; after reading all the discussion on this thread, the references to the data that is available is sounding pretty good.