Your absolutely correct. I haven't leveled the lathe yet. I've been messing around with it in order to make sure the functionality of it is good. Also I have to make a home for it in my shop which is putting 10 lbs of stuff in a 5lb bag. I've been trying to layout my shop with a small machining spot, ie: lathe, mill, drill press, toolbox, bench. The shop is 28x36, one vehicle bay, gambrel roof, two story pole barn. It wasn't built with the intent for auto/machine/welding work so making it is challenging at times. One side I have set up with my weld, auto equipment and mill. The other side has the mower, compressor, snowplow, motorcycle lift, ect...I’ve read through the 3 pages of posts.... and haven’t seen any mention of leveling the lathe. The lathe must be properly leveled before you start aligning TP or spindle. Even though it’s a 24”, it can have bed twist. Trust me, it makes a big difference. You can get by with just a 6” precision machinist level. No need for 2 levels... but you really must level it before you start messing with spindle/TP alignment.
Thanks for the support mach. If you happen to take apart your compound and remember this post, it would be great. No worries though, We'll get to the bottom of this. I contacted Clausing Service and Tom provided a drawing of the 704-033 tool post slide. I have to measure my slide. According to the drawing it is suppose to have a 5/8 radius. I know my compound slide is correct per my manual. It's embossed 704-034. I did find a manual for the 4900 10 inch lathes that depict the arrangement I have but it too is not exactly correct. The dial hub and tool post slide are different. I don't think anyone made a tool post slide as a replacement because mine is a cast part. The larger 14 inch 6900 series lathe has a different compound slide and tool post slide. So that rules out miss match there. I have considered milling the bore of my tool post slide but it would leave a .150" thickness at the top. That seems a bit thin and weak in my opinion.Not sure what that nut is doing there, its not on mine. Only thing I can think of is maybe the leadscrew was replaced and the new one differs in dimensions so does not really fit correctly. You could probably get a drawing of the lead screw from clausing, or ask someone to take some measurements.
At some point I might want to redo my cross slide screw and nut, not sure I am quite ready and able it right now. Its probably best to buy a piece of premade leadscrew material and modify to fit.
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