Monarch Seris 50 Lathe Problems

gold642

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I finally got the rotophase connected to the 50 series monarch. The start circuit for the control power had some issues but I have a good electrical drawing. I rewired the start stop buttons and the machine operates in all three speeds and is variable in every gear. Everything was going well until I engaged the carriage feed. The feed stuck in and will not release. Anyone have a trick to fix this or do I need to remove the cross feed off the apron?
 

gold642

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I tried engaging and disengaging the clutch. I tried forward and reversing the feed. I engaged both the feed and lead and hand turned it until I could not turn it . I topped the oil off to the apron oil fill. I tried everything again. Nothing worked .Well then I took the plunge and removed the saddle form the apron. I had to take the carriage to the tail stock end of the lathe. Then I removed the 2 bolts holding the lead and feed screws. Then I removed the 8 bolts holding the apron. The apron dropped low enough to slide the saddle up toward the chuck. The tapered clutch that engages the carriage was stuck in. I took a aluminum bar and hammered on the clutch about ten times and the clutch released. It seems that since the lathe had sit a long time the clutch had developed a small amount of rust on the clutch surface. The oil was only about an inch deep instead of being about 4 inches deep. The sight glass was stained making it look half full. I ran the lathe and it works great. Thanks for your reply to my post.
 

Reeltor

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I'm glad that you were able to get the lathe working. Did you take any photos? If you did please post them; if not I'd still like to see a photo of the 50 series.
Mike
 
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