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Offline zarzul

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13x40 lathe conversion
« on: May 14, 2009, 03:47:42 PM »
Just thought I would share my lathe conversion in progress. 
It is a harbor freight 13 x 40. 
I am going to use a servo on the Z axis and a 1200oz stepper on the X.
Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009, 04:52:23 PM »
Looking good Zarzul.....REAL good.
I may do my Clausing in a similar fasion soon.
Where did you get the red bellows ?
Are they intended for this application ?
I've seen some folks use motorcycle fork/shock covers.
Thanks,
RC
Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009, 05:17:55 PM »
Your Z axis Lead screw must cost a fortune, really nice lathe, looking for more pics.

Thanks to share.

Jeff

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Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2009, 06:18:20 PM »
Yep, motorcycle fork covers,  I guess the red was a dead giveaway.

Got the leadscrew on ebay for $79,  it is very nice, brand new, 4 circuit ballscrew.  It's original cost is probably many many times more that my whole lathe.
Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2009, 07:36:27 PM »
They should hold up well. Really took a beating on my bike...when I used to ride.
Anxious to see your X motor mounting configuration.

Keep us posted. 

Thanks again,
RC

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Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2009, 08:18:18 PM »
Looking good.  :)

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Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2009, 01:23:27 AM »
Nice looking indeed! And you got ground ballscrews - perfect! $79 for that ballscrew... wow... I wish I knew where to look for these ;)

You have only one screw holding the X ball nut? With such ballscrews I wouldn't compromise on that ;)

Daniel

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Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2009, 02:12:07 PM »
Very neat job Arnie :)
Hood
Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2009, 04:48:18 PM »
Hi, Zarzul, keep posting with new pics, I have a 11 X 23 Grizzly lathe I would like to upgrade with CNC controller, so keep posting please.

Jeff

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Re: 13x40 lathe conversion
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2009, 09:00:20 PM »
zarzul,
  Very nice conversion; I would like to convert an old craftsman metal lathe,
looks like more skills required than I've mastered though!  Please keep on w/ the
photos...Great thread.

  Glenn
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