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    bernie weishapl
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    Well the waiting and anticipation is over. It arrived today at about 2:45 pm via UPS. Unpacked it and began the cleaning process. Anyway it is clean and is running very nicely. I was surprised at how quiet it was. So guess my work starts tomorrow. Hopefully I will get the two pieces I need done before next Friday. Anyway as they say I am happy, happy, happy.


    #56554
    willofiam
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    Pretty exciting, so whats the first project???? William

    #56555
    bernie weishapl
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    William I have to make two new winding arbors for the great/mainspring wheels of a clock. The lady got it when her parents died. I told her both arbors where the key fits on were twisted. She said her father was a big man so she could see how. She told me she didn’t care the cost just fix it which I will.

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    david pierce
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    Bernie,
    I love induction motors because they are quiet and the RPM does not slow down under a load. The lathe tool holder that came with the machine is a good sturdy holder but is not as convient to use as the quick change holder. It will certainly get the job done. When you set it up to make a cut make sure that the tip of the cutter is on center. If you need to align the drill chuck precisely put a metal dowel pin in the tailstock chuck and rotate a dial indicator around the pin. For general work requiring less precision, chuck up pointers in the headstock and tailstock and line them up.
    david

    #56557
    gerene
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    Nice lathe Bernie. David is certainly right with his comment about the QCTP. I don’t have one either but I bought several original Taig toolposts and have one for each tool. They are not expensive at all.
    Have fun with it and looking forward to see some results ;-)

    Jan

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    arutha
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    Its always great to get a new piece of kit and that looks smart. I would love a QCTP but they are quite pricey so for the time being I am just changing my tools as I need to and then centering/shimming them….yawn. 🙄
    Paul.

    #56559
    bernie weishapl
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    Ok on this lathe I am thinking of getting the milling attachment. So if I want to mill a slot in a winding arbor which will have to be horizontal the way I see it what kind of vice will I need or will this milling attachment hold round stock to be milled. I can see square stock would be no problem. These winding arbors are for Hermle and Urgo’s movements.

    #56560
    david pierce
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    Bernie,
    To clamp a round object in a vice I think it would be best to take a square piece of steel and machine a V into it using the corner of an endmill. The round stock can then be secured in the V block with the overhead clamping screws.
    david

    #56561
    mahlon
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    Hey Bernie, I think you will like the Taig. I am just leaning to use a metal lathe, and have been able to make rivets and bushings so far. I am taking mine to a machinist this next week. She is going to try to make an adapter for it so that I can use my ww collets. I drew her a pic. of what I was wanting to do, and she seem to think she could make it. 8-) . I have a full set of the ww collets but no ww lathe. I am hopping it will make it a little easier to tighten down collet with out using wrenches. I have both the standard set and the er-16 collets, but it seems that every piece of brass I try to turn falls in between collet sizes, so I have to tighten Mahlon

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    bernie weishapl
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    Yea I know what you mean Mahlon. It will be interesting to see how this works out. They held my arbor when I did the repivot on it so all is good so far. I wish they still made the ww headstock for the taig. I also have a full compliment of ww collets.

    #56563
    gerene
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    I do have the ww headstock from Taig itself, but I heard rumour that it is no longer available. :(
    Maybe some dealer might still have one left?

    Jan

    #56564
    bernie weishapl
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    I am going to look around and see if I can find one. May be like looking for a needle in a haystack but you never know.

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    david pierce
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    Bernie,
    Outside of the fact that an 8mm WW collet can hold a very small diameter shaft there is no particular advantage to the collet. The ER-16 collets function beautifully within their range and each collet can grip properly within its gripping range. This is not true with a WW collet. If the shaft is too small for the collet the part will not turn true. The situation you have now is ideal as your WW lathe is perfectly suited for small watch size work.
    david

    #56566
    bernie weishapl
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    Thanks David. I also found a 1/32″ ER collets which will probably cover all I will need. I have gotten several e-mails back with no results so won’t sweat it.

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