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Forum topic by Jim Jakosh posted 09-23-2019 12:54 PM 390 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Jakosh

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09-23-2019 12:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip lathe

Most of you may already know this but I’ll pass on something I discover edat school Friday. We have two Jet lathes and the banjo and the tailstock both would slide real hard. We fine sanded and even waxed the one and they were better but not by much. Then we checked under the ways where the grab washer rides and it was very rusty- that is raw cast iron under there. We sander the underside with 80 grit paper and now you can give the banjo a push and it will fly to the end of the bed. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

It was so frustrating with a banjo that will not slide like it should on a project. it made it very difficult to teach a student when the tool rest can be moved! Now that will be a regular step in waxing the lathes for the next season each year. I hope that someone finds this useful!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!


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#1 posted 09-23-2019 01:01 PM

Jim I was complaining (to myself) about that yesterday afternoon. I’ll give that a try after school today.

Thanks,
John

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 09-23-2019 01:04 PM

It’s a great tip Jim. I had that problem on my old lathe. I had to find out the hard way too.

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#3 posted 09-23-2019 01:10 PM

Thanks!

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 09-23-2019 01:38 PM

Hi John. Let me know if it helps you, too!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-23-2019 04:40 PM

I use Super Slick Slick Stuff on the lathe bed, and, occasionally the bottoms of the tailstock and the banjo. I never thought to go to the underside gripping parts. Thank for the heads up.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 09-23-2019 05:31 PM

Jim,

When I read the title at a glance, I thought you were talking about a banjo that you play, as in bluegrass music. Not being a turner, I didn’t know that a part of a lathe was called a banjo….Learn something everyday….!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 09-23-2019 05:45 PM

Hi Mark. I’ll bet you’ll find rust under there. My new Nova had rust on it when I came home and checked it.

Hi Rick. We try to make music on the lathe all the time!. Some times it is a drum beat when the piece comes off and hits the wall and then the floor!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 09-23-2019 08:55 PM

Same for my Powermatic 3520C.

A few months after a I got it, the banjo got to be a real chore to move. Finally figured out it the gunk in the castings on the bottom of the ways … cleaned it off with solvent, hit with some emery cloth, and it was good to go.

Now, every time I clean & wax the ways, I make sure to dress the underside as well.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 09-23-2019 09:24 PM

I’ve watched you tube videos where a tool is being reviewed. The first thing that is usually done is to take it completely apart to check for quality. Most times, the areas of a casting that is not visible usually is very rough. That is the time when you can clean up areas and make a $200 tool perform like a $600 one. Chinese made machines are notorious for rough areas not visible. An hour or two tweaking it can make a huge difference. Even Harbor Freight tools can be made better.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 09-24-2019 12:43 AM

Hi Gerry. I know some of you guys had done this before!!!

Hi Mr Ron. I call harbor Freight tool, unfinished tools. with a little extra machining or polishing, you can get them running pretty good for the money!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 09-24-2019 04:10 AM

OK…

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#12 posted 09-24-2019 02:22 PM

I live in a dry climate, so rust is not the problem I have. It’s a small accumulation of powdery dust between the bottom of the banjo and the ways. All I do is release the banjo, and blow under it while rocking it to clear the dust. I’m good for a couple days, then have to do it again.

Gerry, I don’t recall any problems when I was using my old Delta Milwaukee 1460. When I got the PM 3520 is when I noticed having to fight the banjo. .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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