Cam-lock Tail Stock Conversion

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Fabrickator

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I wanted to upgrade my G0602 tail stock and so here's what I ended up doing. I started with a whim that maybe the Little Machine Shop kit may work. The lifting block and clamp work fine but the shaft & handle were too short, so I made a new one. I made a shaft extension that I bored and brazed the LMS kit shaft into it. Then I turned a new handle to match the Grizzly knobs and handles.

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Walltoddj

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Slick that's what I need to make for my mini-lathe!

Todd

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Cadillac STS

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Here is what I did for a "Cam lock." Works great, less than quarter turn of the nut locks it or unlocks. Like always having the wrench on.

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First made the threaded nut and put it on before marking the exact perfect spot to drill and tap the hole for the handle.

Handle rod made from a 6 inch stainless bolt with the head cut off and that end also threaded.

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Function is exactly like the cam lock and this method works easier since the handle is right there and you don't need to reach up and behind to lock.

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Mark_f

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I like this. It is so simple I can't believe I couldn't figure that out. I want to do this to my south bend. It takes way less than a quarter turn to lock, but the darn wrench keeps falling off now and then. This will stop that.

Thanks for posting it,

Mark
 

sawlog

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Great idea the threaded rod, on my Lathemaster I did something similar, first I installed a spring between the tail stock and the locking clamp, then cut down a inexpensive socket and welded a bolt to it that I put a knurled handle on. Mine is more 1/2 turn but works quite well.
 

GunsOfNavarone

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So, Mr Fab, you purchased Little Machine shops kit and just made some mods to it? I really could use this mod and have played with it with a few different parts, space is so tight on the G0602 tail stock, you really must do it from backside as you did.
 
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