Modified MC900 Head

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Review by Woodbeatle posted 09-14-2009 07:11 AM 12815 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I love the dbhost review and agree with all, The weight on the stand is needed, I have added a mod to the head as per attached photo. This acts as a giant clamp to lock the head to the bed, for turning boxed in access of 100mm diameter, as the head jumps a bit. Yes I know that this stops the head rotation, but it helps to steady the lathe

I note that you talk of a manual. Is it possible to get a copy of the MC900 Manual, as I bought my lathe secondhand for A$75.00. I had to make up a few things to get it to work. I also had to make the centres align, buy modifying the tail stock. My MC900 is very old one
I have had the drive cone fly apart, and got a replacement from Carba Tech, I upgraded the original motor (1/2 HP) to the newer 3/4 HP, it goes a lot better now

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 04:34 PM

Owners manual (pdf) for Central Machinery #34706.

I have no clue where to get the outback version’s manual, but it appears to be pretty much the same thing…

You got a GREAT deal on that lathe though!

I haven’t had any issues with the head slipping on mine, but I have heard that they are prone to this issue. Even the Jet is prone to it… I think I might have gotten lucky…

Glad you are happy with your lathe!

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 04:49 PM

Thanks for the manual it is a generic model and looks the part.
I was hoping to see the registration wheel (hidden in the head casting) at the chuck mounting end. I will have a closer look at the pdf later.
I might even look to doing a mod on my lathe so that I can set up a registration wheel, Just another project to put on the list.
I am in the process of making a tool rest support, as it did not have one, I was given one by a friend ( it was home made and a bit clunky, as I am now getting a bit more skill I find that operating with tools that are not smooth is a pain, and I like the challenge of making things

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