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Posted on Need help with a vintage lathe

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#1 posted 08-25-2019 10:37 PM

Brad’s info is all spot on. Some sort of adjustable tensioning setup like ControlFreak mentioned with help too. With your current setup, you might be able to simply loosen the screws holding down the motor and slide it out to get as much tension as you can and tighten it down again.

I went back and looked at the pictures in your earlier post and I can see that the tail stock has a point for a dead center but it looks like it barely sticks out. As Brad said, the point is the only part that should contact the end. Look to see if you can pull it out somehow or it is adjustable. Maybe it has a spring behind it that is broken or stuck? You might have to take the cylinder out of the the tailstock to work on it.

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