I traded my Aloris AXA for a fully equipped Phase II BXA sized toolpost
which is nicely sized for this lathe. I made a new t-nut and
bolt- seen here with a homebrew nut I turned so I could test the rig
while I waited for the latest McMaster-carr order to arrive with a
This version of the lathe is wholly splash lubricated in the headstock,
fill through the little brass door seen just behind the spindle bearing
cap. If overfilled, the oil is splashed with enough vigor to run
out around the outside of the bearing caps- making a considerable mess
until the splashing decreases enough for the oil to stay inside.
Some later model lathes include an oil pump which also feeds the
spindle bearings. I've been giving some thought to adding a pump,
filter and manifold with oil drips onto the various gears and shafts.
I re-installed the cleaned, polished and painted thread/feed chart and
put on the gear covers too. I have to work out some kind of
shield around the v-belt. The shifter placards are ready to
install- but I keep forgetting to put them on...
Here, the right-hand shift lever is in "neutral"- a handy position I
found which frees the spindle from both the input & back-gear
shafts, making it easy to spin the chuck. I still need to track
down a chuck w/ MT3 shank for the tailstock. I did some
preliminary work indicating the tailstock and discovered the
tailstock ways & base pad were suprisingly unworn. The
tailstock has way wipers on both sides, perhaps thats why.