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    Thanks Catfish! We've added your Lathe Tailstock Drag Link to our Lathe Accessories category,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfish View Post
    We have been doing this for 45 yrs or more. But good job anyway.

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    So you can auto feed your tailstock. Interesting. I can't think of a use right now but it seems like it could come in handy some day. Neat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova_robotics View Post
    So you can auto feed your tailstock. Interesting. I can't think of a use right now but it seems like it could come in handy some day. Neat.
    Anytime the tail stock is doing work (like drilling, reaming) I use this method. Not taping though. Carriage feed is much more controlled and even, than cranking the tail stock hand wheel. Think large drills like 25 mm-50 mm. :-)
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    Excellent idea but poor implementation. The out-of-axis thrust on both your carriage and tail stock puts unnecessary strain on all parts (including the ways) and promotes wear. A direct link (see red line in pic) keeps thrust more in-line with the lathe design. Agree, not all off-axis thrust is removed but it is less.

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