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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.

    We've seen a lot of changes. In March, 4 moderators left to start their own site. They took some of you with them. So now you have split loyalties. You know who you are. They didn't like my way of managing this place, and thought they could do better without me. They didn't. The only thing holding them together is that they hate me. Their site was down until mid July. That is why I wanted to stay involved on here until they could learn to run this place. But they wanted me to leave right away, without the training part.

    Anyway, 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 don't want to know about this place.

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Grizzly 4000 Lathe Carriage Handwheel

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chip maker

Dec 7, 2013
Hi everyone, was just wondering if anyone else with this lathe has the play in the carriage handwheel? I'm sure it has always been there but today was just wondering if there is any way to adjust that out? I looked in the owners manuel and also on a few of the rebuild sites for this lathe but no luck with either. Mine has about 3/8 of free play before it starts moving the carriage assy. left or right. By the parts picture looks to be just a gear to gear setup. Any ideas or is this something just there and I live with it as I have anyway. Thanks

Mitch Alsup

Nov 17, 2017
It is something that rarely harms your ability to use the lathe,
and when it does, you resort to dial indicators instead of the dial on the face of the wheel (or a DRO).
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