- Aug 20, 2011
I've looked at some catalogs and am confused by all of the number designations of tool holders. Can anyone recommend one for my lathe that isn't expensive. Thanks guys, Ron
Welcome to HM, xcima. The Emco Compact 8 is a very nice little lathe and sounds perfect for the use you described.Hello. I'm a "newbie" to this forum and this is my first post. I just purchased an Emco Compact 8 lathe from an original owner. It's not yellow so I don't know if its really old or new. I have some questions here concerning my lathe in no particular order of importance: (1) my lathe is grey. Is this an older or newer model and what year roughly would it be? (2) I would like to put a QCTP on it but there are conflicting sizes on which one to use! I've measured the the center line of the spindle bore to the "pad" where the tool holder sits on and it's approx .540"-.550". Which size QCTP holder do I use: OXA or AXA? I already know that I have to install a 10mm stud since there is a 8mm stud that is pressed and held in with a pin. I don't mind drilling/tapping for a threaded 10mm. (3) I'm also looking for a "thread dial". My understanding is they are hard to find so any help in locating one that works would be greatly appreciated. Please help!
I really love this lathe and looking forward to working on it! I want to cut valve guides and small bushings for the aircooled engines that I build. I went to go see the ones that the LMS sells but the quality (Chinese) is really not up to par. I'm a retired aircraft mechanic and the tools we used to build the planes were top quality! I immediately "passed" on it and got on the internet and read that the Emco Compact 8 was a good "mini" lathe that is/was made in Austria. I got on Craigslist and luck would have it, a guy had one about 300 miles away from me. That same weekend, I got in my truck, drove (about 600 miles round trip) and for 4hrs. later, I was the proud new second owner! Everything is nice and tight.....just the way I like it! Thanks for your help. XCIMA ;-)
I would order a couple of the smaller belt, the one that is under tension by the tensioning lever. It always makes me nervous that they used such a small belt to drive this lathe but somehow it seems to work pretty well. The larger drive belt from the motor is big enough for the job and should hold up okay.Mike,
Thanks I ordered both belts.
Ok mikey, let me be more specific. I am not talking for the chuck-guard but for chip-guard form the back side of the lathe. Excuse my English I don’t know if chip-guard is the correct word.The Compact 8 did not have a chip guard. In truth, most of us prefer not to use one but it does enhance safety and keeps excess oil from a freshly serviced chuck from making the well known stripe on your favorite T-shirt. Steve Bedair made one for his 9 X 20 lathe here: http://bedair.org/9xshield/shield.html
On lathes with chip guards as standard, the shaft of the guard triggers a switch that prevents the lathe from turning on unless the guard is lowered into position. You'll have to figure out how to wire that if you prefer to have this function.
Oh, okay, you're talking about the back splash that sits behind the lathe and keeps chips from flying behind the lathe, right? The Compact 8 did not have one so you'll have to fabricate one from sheet material. You can either attach it to the lathe or to the bench.