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Hillclimber12/06/2018 11:11:25
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Just commissioning an Amolco milling attachment on my S7, and trying to understand parts of its operation.

Emerging diagonally from the powerhead casting is a prominent allen screw. By all appearances this should be a column lock. But the screw is not quite long enough to engage on the column, and if that is the intent it's a pretty clumsy lock as it is likely to result in damage to the column.

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So two possibilities come to mind. Either there should be a soft pad below the screw, which allows pressure to bear on the column without marking it? Or I am completely wrong and it is to serve some other purpose?

Can anyone cast some light on this? And was there a ever a manual for these attachments that would release all its secrets?

Cheers, Colin

Neil Lickfold12/06/2018 11:25:49
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Google found this , http://www.lathes.co.uk/amolco/ Looks like the screw you are talking about is too short.

Neil L

Baz12/06/2018 11:45:28
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I would make a brass pad, if you fit a longer screw you will bruise the column, just my two pennyworth.

Robbo12/06/2018 20:45:03
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Looks like there was probably a brass pad in yours and its got lost, as the screw is too short.

I checked the Amolco I've got hanging around and there is no pad, but the screw is long enough to lock on the column, and it also has had its end flattened and smoothed off before blackening, so looks like original. There are no visible marks on the column.

I would go for a shaped brass pad though.

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