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    Default Wadkin RS6 update

    Well eventually got the nut off the headstock spindle. Would not budge so drilled and cut it off and made a new one.
    The bearings were rough. Managed to find replacements from the local bearing shop. RHP but old stock and cost the equivalent of 80 dollar/pounds.
    While the spindle was out got a spliced endless belt made up. Cost more than the bearings but no more click/click.
    Replaced the 1pH motor with a 1.5Kw 3ph and inverter. Wired up a remote stop/start/speed control box as well.
    The next problem was being able to use all my existing chucks. Resolved this by using a Nova tailstock adapter. See pics.
    Also made some extra tool post/rests.
    Been using it for a while now and very happy. Solid and no vibrations.
    I do have a problem removing the tailstock and fitting the patternmakers slide. Far to heavy so am in the process of installing a wall to wall gantry with an electric hoist. Will save my old back.
    A friend is making an indexing plate to fit on the outboard end. Will post some pics when done.

    Phil
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    I always find it a PITA when you want to move the carriage out of the way. I was thinking of making a tool rest that goes into the T slot in the compound slide then I can just use that instead of the banjos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallace1973 View Post
    I always find it a PITA when you want to move the carriage out of the way. I was thinking of making a tool rest that goes into the T slot in the compound slide then I can just use that instead of the banjos.
    Nice idea but there would have to be some way of locking the carriage. I suppose a locking nut on the gib strips would be fine.

    Phil

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