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Old 02-26-2009, 11:53 AM
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Question Lead Screw, is it neccessary?

As it says. I have a 1930's IXL lathe and the lead screw is broken, but do I need it? As far as I can see, the only time I would need it is for thread cutting, the rest I can do by twiddling the knobs and levers myself.

So do I need to get it repaired (about £170-$400) or shall I go without?
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:00 PM
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No, you do not need the lead screw if you don't mind standing there and hand feeding it. You will not get the nice even machining that you would if you were using the lead screw but all that can be worked around with a file and emery paper.

Personaly I would do my best to get it repaired may find a precision ground piece of all thread.
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I know less about a lathe than anyone here, but you are gona need it. No rush, maybe you can find parts somewhere and fix it yourself. It can be used without it but you will loose half of it's capabilities. Check around. Good luck
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:33 PM
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Thank you for your quick replies. Looks like I'll be hunting the scrapyards again, where I rescued this old beauty from.

I cannot believe someone threw it away, complete with 3 and 4 jaw chucks, faceplate and a whole heap of tooling! All in good working order apart from the leadscrew.
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I cannot believe someone threw it away, complete with 3 and 4 jaw chucks, faceplate and a whole heap of tooling! All in good working order apart from the leadscrew.
Probably some damned busdriver, Bill.
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Perhaps it was a concussed busdriver? :evil:
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Do you have pictures of it?
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Do you have pictures of it?
The Bus Driver or the Lathe?

If it is the lathe I can wander down to my shed and take some for you...In fact I will do that now. Back soon.
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Do you have pictures of it?
Leadscrew Next
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last one
The broken end.
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