I have just purchased a Boxford Lathe

  1. pressbrake1

    pressbrake1 Member

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    Other than a couple of lathes every one has needed work, big expensive work. Makes one numb to the pleasure! Had a job for my monarch but it’s ended up turning into a re scrape and turcite job before I can use it
     
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  2. Dieselkid 63

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    I quite enjoy a machine restoration now. There’s always one thing which proves to be Pandora’s box but you gain experience and knowledge by doing it. Reapplying filler however is a continuously boring task!
     
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    :laughing:you want to see the castings on the 1935 rapidor :o:vsad:there diabolical. would take a month to grind the flashings off them and fill the pits . that's why im just lamping paint on it :laughing:
     
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    Nice buy, especially the boring table and milling attachment. They're worth around £600 alone.

    Don't think about changing the gearbox, buy a 100/127 conversion gear, you have the best of both worlds then.

    Adding a forward/reverse switch is easy, do that when you rebuild it.
     
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    That is a the tumbler reverse. It just reverses the lead screw rotation.
     
  6. spencer 427

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    Same here.
     
  7. Dieselkid 63

    Dieselkid 63 Banned from forklifts

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    Lol yes I have a 1930s era Woden vice with an anvil, which had a great fat seam line down the middle. That took ages to file and pein off. You can fill deep holes with lead hammered in.
     
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    I was really lucky. Smart and brown castings were excellent. No filing. No filling other than a few bits to the rear of the cabinet. Strip clean and paint.
     
  9. Pete.

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    If you want to see really lovely castings look at Mikron. They don't even paint them.
     
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    Had to google them but see what you mean.
     
  11. JulieandTony Member

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    Oops, yes you're right, it appears it is much longer since I last used it - my mistake.

    And I thought I was doing well remembering all the gears from 20 years ago.

    I am more senile than I thought
     
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  12. brightspark

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    its not the end of the world not having reverse so don't get 2 hung up on it will probably be years before may even ever need it I have only used mine a couple of times thread cutting without disengaging the lead screw
     
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  13. Seadog

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    But essential if the OP is going to cut metric threads. As I said earlier, it's easily sorted out, the majority of motors are reversible, as you know BS.
     
  14. brightspark

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    ok if he gets the 127 tooth change wheel gear for metric
     
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  15. pressbrake1

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    There is a way around it
     
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    There is a 3mm leads crew for metric Boxford but an a or aud will need a different gearbox or a b bud leadscrew. The apron gears will need changing too. There is a different indicator too with 2 gears on it at 21 and 22 teeth depending on the thread. You can cur metric oban imperial but you need the 100/127 compound gear. You will need to stop and reverse the tathe though as the indicator will not work for 8nperial nmetric conversions.
     
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  17. Pete.

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    You can use the thread dial and half nuts but you still need to reverse, and follow a specific procedure.
     
  18. 123hotchef Member

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    Yikes sounds like i have a lot to learn.
     
  19. Pete.

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    It's not so difficult. TBH I would just concentrate on getting the machine situated, set up, lubed and adjusted. Turn a few bits and worry about threadcutting later. I could run you through the basics but I am a bit snowed under right now.
     
  20. 123hotchef Member

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    yes situating and setting it up will take me a while i need to have a clear out, Do they have to be on dead level ground?
     
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