Is my lathe scrap, Emco compact 8

liteace

Registered
Registered
Joined
Apr 13, 2020
Messages
49
Sorry for the delay in answering.
Im 90% sure its the bed, I tightened these,(red) it's a little better BUT now when the carriage / saddle is wound all the way up to the chuck it gets tight and the same when its would all the way down to the tail stock, so I think the bed has worn a little in the middle, the working aria, there's no play on the back runner its just the front, also if it tighten the carriage lock that improves it




tight_nd.PNG
 

mikey

Global Moderator
Staff member
H-M Lifetime Diamond Member
Joined
Dec 20, 2012
Messages
9,230
Yup, sounds like the ways are worn. Easiest fix is to replace the bed. Not sure how often they turn up in your area but they come up on eBay in the US fairly often.
 

liteace

Registered
Registered
Joined
Apr 13, 2020
Messages
49
This could also be a problem, this is No9 in the drawing, as you can see its worn on the edge, I'll order another as see if it improves the problem

9.PNG
9_1.PNG
 

savarin

Active User
H-M Supporter Gold Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2012
Messages
3,304
This could also be a problem, this is No9 in the drawing, as you can see its worn on the edge, I'll order another as see if it improves the problem

thats not a problem, thats just the saddle lock, the wear is caused by moving the saddle whilst its still locked.
Before replacing the bed run a mic along the section the clamp slides upon and the top of the ways.
It may not be worn ways but uneven thickness between the two. (which worn ways would also produce) and may be possible to scrape the underneath back to an even thickness.
This was a problem on the back way on my machine, only a couple of thou but enough to measure and remove.
 

sdelivery

H-M Supporter - Gold Member
H-M Supporter Gold Member
Joined
Nov 14, 2020
Messages
815
Even a Southbend doesn't require the caps to hold down the saddle.
Or to make it accurate.......‍
 
It can take up to an hour for ads to appear on the page. See our code implementation guide for more details. If you already have Auto ad code on your pages there's no need to replace it with this code
Top
AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock