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    leadscrew protection

    Hey guys,

    Been thinking about leadscrew covers for some time now. Looked at all the systems online but couldn't seem to find a suitable, cheap solution. This is what I came up with... cheers


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    good idea :-)

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    leadscrew cover

    how would you use the threading dial ?

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    Unless your using a GRINDING attachment on the lathe, then why bother with leadscrew covers AT ALL ?

    Seems to be a waste of time making them, so what does steel, brass, or even wood-dust do to the leadscrews?

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    The only improvement to His design I could do, is to cut a nylon washer while He was turning the couplers to put on each end to better hold the saran wrap and act as a bushing at the ends! Other than that I might be looking into making one my self, as I do not cut threads on my 12x36 Atlas and I hate to turn wood, with all the oiled surface's and all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by metal2u View Post
    how would you use the threading dial ?
    Simply pull the spring back to rest behind the dial, you'll lose a bit of protection but that part of the leadscrew doesn't get much swarf anyway. I have a dial but don't use it, I get less failures with the always engaged method, cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenie View Post
    Unless your using a GRINDING attachment on the lathe, then why bother with leadscrew covers AT ALL ?

    Seems to be a waste of time making them, so what does steel, brass, or even wood-dust do to the leadscrews?
    Good point but seeing "real" lathes nowadays all seem to have covers there must be something to it. I tend to use my tool post grinder quite a bit so I'm ready for anything, cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibo View Post
    The only improvement to His design I could do, is to cut a nylon washer while He was turning the couplers to put on each end to better hold the saran wrap and act as a bushing at the ends! Other than that I might be looking into making one my self, as I do not cut threads on my 12x36 Atlas and I hate to turn wood, with all the oiled surface's and all!
    Hey skibo, did think about putting washers on other ends but they don't move so I didn't think it nessesary , cheers

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    I've just ordered smaller springs, 20 od, 1mm thick, to reduce bowing. And rather than press washers on the inside, attach on the outside diameter. The reason I chose 25mm springs in the first place was to have enough clearance to mount washers inside. This I feel will work better & neater, wish I thought of this earlier... Oh well haha

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    Thanks Stevohdee! We've added your Leadscrew Protectors to our Machining category,
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