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Picked up this lathe everything seemed to work
It was used to polish SS pipe by hand " no x slide or compound used"
It will need to be dismantled and cleaned real good
First ied like to get the polishing compound and scotchbrite fine dust off it best I can , underdrive also .
Anyone know a good way of doing this , I'm think a vacuum first , these are very fine particles?
Also any tips & tricks to dismantle the lathe
I've tried signing up to Yahoo! Sheldon groups with no luck on this iPad
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Wish they had a refurbish book for this lathe like the south bend book.
Any advice, info , tips much appreciated
 

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I won't have it to the shop till Wednesday, having to rent a trailer to get it 200mi
and then I guess a tow truck to get it off trailer and into the garage shop.
 
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Derrick,

Do what I do. Get you a couple of 2 x 8's a little longer than the foot print of the lathe is. Set the lathe on these, let the 2 x 8's stick out about 3" on the sides, then lag screw them to the lathe. This way, you have a skid where you skid it off the trailer with a come-a-long. Get it on the ground, place pieces of 1/2" pipe under the skid and roll it into you shop with a pry bar and you got it! No need to hire a tow truck to unload. Like any other piece of machinery, lathes are top heavy, so keep the center gravity low and don't let it tilt sideways and you'll be ok.

If you rent a trailer from U-Haul, get one with a drop down tail gate, too. They also have one for hauling motorcycles that sits low to the ground too that works for hauling machines, too. But it has a weight limit of about 1500 lbs. I've hauled 2200 lbs on it for a short distance without any problems.

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I do a lot of polishing and have a couple of tips for cleaning; non-painted surfaces (ways, chuck, etc.) I use Scotch-Brite dipped in mineral spirits. For the painted surfaces try a good detergent and hot water first (Dawn dish soap works good for me - or Simple Green). Be sure to dry up any water and coat any metal surfaces with rust preventive (oil).
 

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Ken I didn't see any holes in the base to lag thru, plus I know a guy with a tow truck up there , shouldn't be much . In this area everybody's moving out so trailers are in short supply I was lucky to get one

Groundhog there isn't rust ,just fine polishing compound / scotchbrite fibers caked on everywhere ied like to remove it without causing any harm /lapping it. The ride up to oroville should blow some off , the rest I guess mineral spirits and lots of rags , the whole machine needs to come apart to clean the abrasive dust out
 
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Derrick,

I think as long as you are doing a complete teardown anyway I'd just take some compressed air and blow the whole machine down prior to taking into the shop.
 
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I think I would run it thru a car wash and let it blow dry on the 200 mile drive home.:blowup:
 

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With the stupid traffic here I'm traveling at nite.
 
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With the stupid traffic here I'm traveling at nite.
I don't blame you one bit! If it's anything like traveling IH-35 from Dallas to San Antonio.
 

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Congrats on the new lathe! :D
 

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Thanks Mike
Ken during daylight the traffic is as bad as i35 from Dallas to SA probably 10x worse :disturbed: haven't been out that way for a while but some friends out there say it's terrible
 

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Congrats on your Sheldon! I just spent the 4th of July weekend getting a UM 56P ,You can move them very easily with 12 pieces of 1/2 inch pvc pipe and a LONG Johnson bar. It will be a great piece once your done with the cleaning.Congrats and good luck
 

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Ready for the 200 mi trip tonight, hopefully a lot of the junk blows off of it.:distrust:
Here in cali towing a trailer 55 max ,right lane only, yup like that's gona happen :big grin:
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It's probably already too late. But I think that I would add two more straps. unless there is already one from the lathe bed to the left side of the trailer, in which case it would be one more. The back-stay strap looks like it runs from around the main cabinet to the left rear corner of the trailer. I would add one like it except to the right rear corner.
 

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Thanks Robert , The front and rear straps are centered in the trailer , there is a strap on both sides of the lathe bed to the trailer sides , this is a strong well made trailer.
 

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OK. Good luck tonight!
 

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It's in my shop in oroville :D, seems to really be a 12" swing cat# 1236 that's ok though.
I'll start a new thread when the refurbish begins, as I'm sure I'll have some questions
Thanks to all for the advice, thoughts , suggestions
 

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Picked up this lathe everything seemed to work
It was used to polish SS pipe by hand " no x slide or compound used"
It will need to be dismantled and cleaned real good
First ied like to get the polishing compound and scotchbrite fine dust off it best I can , underdrive also .
Anyone know a good way of doing this , I'm think a vacuum first , these are very fine particles?
Also any tips & tricks to dismantle the lathe
I've tried signing up to Yahoo! Sheldon groups with no luck on this iPad
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Wish they had a refurbish book for this lathe like the south bend book.
Any advice, info , tips much appreciated
I use shop vac. First then Rags with kerosene
Then lots of kerosene and dry rags And shop vac.
 

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Great job! Now for the real work! My UM 56 P was covered in grease and dust that had settled in the oily mess, as a auto mechanic I used what I had on hand, several cans of PB Blaster and lots of shop rags, but kerosene will work, use a spray bottle to make life easier. That's a nice piece of equipment you brought home, if you search the net you find most requard the Sheldons as a step up from the Logans and Atlases, mite be just because they are a little heavier built, but in pulling mine apart it seems very well thought out.next up search for all the accessories,
 

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Thanks John , are you from Texas ? ,on the way down I picked up a 20ton chi press and a 1t hoist that's still in the back of my truck (they were cheep) The collapsible engine hoist has been leeking oil For the last week ,guess they don't like laying down I did pick up a new cylinder for it though. I'll need to clean and situate those in the shop before the Sheldon comes apart.
 

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Like most " Airforce brats" I was born in Texas, But Mom and Dad move back north in the early 60's when Dad went to work in the NEW industry..Computers. Been north ever since but the birthplace stuck.
 

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Congratulations , nice lathe to own and use, big step up from others. I've seen worse build up on LATHES you'll love it . A past owner who regretted selling one . Kick self in butt ,reminder , do it again .
 

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Cool ,I was just outside Austin 25 yrs on lake travis
 

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Silverbullet, thanks the mess on it is not the normal oil swarf buildup on lathes , this one has polishing compound ,scothbrite particals everywhere basically lapping compound,
it will eventually be completely disassembled cleaned ,painted , enything needing repaired will be.
It will be a long project as this place I bought needs some help to.
Although the bed ways look to be in great shape, the spindle bearings may need some help.
I'll tackle one assembly at a time till it's done.
 
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