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Posted on Turning Novice-Just brought home a Rockwell 46-525 (I Think) Now What

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 08:59 PM

I owned one exactly like that for over 20 years. It was flawless. Never an issue. If all is good with it, just clean it up and use it. There are two things I will mention. The Reeves drive requires a small amount of light oil, 20w or less, even 3-in-1 will work great. Just apply 2-3 drops to the shaft every 6 months or so to keep it working smoothly. The other thing is the indexing pin on the headstock. It is just that, a pin. It is not meant to lock up the spindle and apply a lot of torque tightening something like a chuck or faceplate. That said, I did it all the time without issue. Just know, it’s not meant to take a lot of force. Also, it’s kind of difficult to get it into the little holes in the pulley. You may want to drill those holes out. I did, but with exactly the same size bit as the holes are, 1/8” or so. Just to clean them up, they get a little bunged up in use. Oh, if you get it up and running and have an issue with the speed control lever not staying in place, send me a message before you go monkeying around with it. I may have a tip or two. Enjoy!

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