This article appeared in the 2019 January issue of Chips & Chatter.
Our work generates sap, dust, dirt, pitch, dust, corrosive sap, chips, ...and dust!
And, 90% of needed maintenance involves cleaning the above.
Dennis showed products and procedures for cleaning, lubrication, and inspection maintenance for all lathe components. The 8 Jet lathes were cleaned by members with help from club experts. Odorless mineral spirits, Scotch Brite, T-9 Boshield, file, sander, rags, towel, toothbrush, mineral oil, paste wax, reamer for Morse taper. Inspection light, Morse taper cleaner, spring center, gloves, and shop towels.
Blow out dust, Move belt onto low speed range while inspecting for further procedures! Inspect: belts, pulleys, bearing play, threads, and Morse taper.
• Tailstock, quill, and Morse taper
Inspect for play, clean and lubricate, ream as necessary.
• Lathe ways, gap, banjo, and tool rest.
Inspect for gunk, corrosion, nicks. Clean and lubricate.
• Ancillary Equipment
Inspect drive, live centers and points, and lathe concentricity. Clean threads with compressed air.
Inspect and clean chuck threads and assure symmetric jaw closure. Re-adjust as necessary.