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My ford lathe problem!

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Robbo24/12/2018 12:32:13
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Better but not fixed! Still have a job getting the screwdriver blade into the slot without using 2 hands.

I am supposed to be getting rid of any stuff not actually needed, so the switch can go and start a useful life.

Back in the day I used to repair Myfords, usually switched with the dreaded Dewhurst rotary, and owners were very keen to have those renovated rather than replaced with one of these vastly superior switches. I haven't seen one of these for a very long time.

If you open the message I sent we can sort out the details by email rather than in public. It won't cost you a lot laugh

john fletcher 124/12/2018 13:36:32
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Whilst your at it why not wire in a motor starter to give yourself No-volt protection and use it to turn on the power rather than the rotary switch. Select DOR ,then press the on green button, starters have large contact which are made to turn on motors. If you have the inclination to attempt to fix your existing rotary switch I suggest you dismantle it within a large clear plastic bag. The bag will capture any flying bits springs terminals etc, same with reassembling. Tricky job but can be done. If only Myford had fitted a motor starter interlocked with the dreaded Dewhirst all would have been well for the life of the lathe. John

JohnM27/05/2019 18:42:42
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I have the exact same switch and the exact same problem. Is there a chance someone can tell me which switch I need to replace mine please?

JohnM27/05/2019 21:08:07
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I wish I had read this post before all my little bits went flying everywhere

Neil Wyatt27/05/2019 21:18:51
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An article coming in MEW 282, out in a couple of weeks, might prove helpful.


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