Got a great deal on this mini lathe from the original owner. He only used it for woodworking so it hadn't seen any hard use and was maintained flawlessly.
Anyway, I broke the clamping plate in half (that goes under the tailstock). The bolt that was in it wasn't the original (i.e. it was a regular bolt, not a T bolt) and it slipped through the slot in the clamping plate (which spread it and split it in half).
I contacted Busy Bee (their main headquarters is only a 15 minute drive from me) but they said parts for this lathe were discontinued 15 years ago
I looked at some of their current mini lathes and non of the tailstocks/clamping plates seemed similar and the distance between the rails was different (the gap between my rails is 45mm).
Any suggestions on how to obtain a replacement? This lathe is the only piece of real equipment I have (no mill) so I don't think it'd be possible for me to recreate one. I asked a local shop about creating me a replacement but they didn't seem too excited.
Let me know please and thanks.