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Forum topic by Surestcloud posted 04-30-2017 05:18 PM 403 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2017 05:18 PM

Hi, I just brought a used 1983 kts wood turning lathe, current problems, the headstock is a male 3/4 10 tpi thread. I’ve been told I can’t get a chuck for it, can I or can’t I?
Tail stock point is all one piece, threaded all the way to handle. I want to be able to put a keyed drill chuck on it, what can I do? I want to do more than just make posts. Please help me someone

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#1 posted 04-30-2017 05:47 PM

The first thing you should do is figure out exactly what lathe you have and get the manual/parts list for it. Never heard of KTS, so it’s hard to talk about specifics. Having the manual will let you know how it operates, what kind of lubrication and other maintenance is needed before you put it into service, as well as how/what you need in the way of accessories (centers, chucks, etc..). Second, that spindle is the same odd size as my old Delta, and there is at least one chuck that has a proper sized insert for it – although I don’t remember which one off hand… I’m sure someone else will know and chime in. It does limit your choices though.

For the headstock, there are a few alternatives. A simple thread tap can be used to make your own faceplates, threaded glueblocks, and all sorts of other attachments from scrap wood. See this thread for some examples. Another alternative is to get a spindle adapter, although that will add a few inches to the spindle. For spindle work (ie: posts), that isn’t much of a problem other than reducing the length you can turn a bit. For bowl work though, it does push the weight further away from the headstock bearings and could cause problems if you are looking at working with heavy blanks.


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#2 posted 04-30-2017 05:51 PM

Teknatool/Nova lists a 3/4-10 adapter.

Beware spending a lot of money on machining.

Post pictures.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-30-2017 08:15 PM

These are two pictures of what I got

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