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D1-4 Camlock cams - where to find them!

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Nealeb31/01/2019 14:53:01
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I have a Smart and Brown lathe with D1-4 spindle nose. Unfortunately (and in common with a number of old lathes I have seen!) one or two of the cams in the spindle nose have started to split around the square hole which takes the key. Evidence of a hard former life - I can imagine the tube over the chuck key for that extra little bit of tightening...

I have found one source online for replacements (and I gather that replacement is pretty straightforward) but that is in the US with carriage costs to match. I wonder if anyone knows of a UK supplier of such things?

Thanks in advance,

Chris Evans 631/01/2019 15:15:20
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Maybe worth giving Rotagrip a call. They are Birmingham West Midlands based.

JohnF31/01/2019 16:17:07
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Try these people **LINK** worth an email !


Jez31/01/2019 17:16:24
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I bought one ages ago (can't remember where from, sorry!) for exactly the same reason. However, I never fitted it because I couldn't get the old one out - the pin which retains the cam won't budge no matter what I try. If you haven't already, it might be worth checking that you're not in the same boat...


Nealeb23/01/2021 14:38:27
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I know it's an old thread but as I started it, I might as well finish!

I found that Warco stock these as spares for their own machines. A phone call had them in my hands a day later.

As Jez mentioned, there was a problem in trying to remove the retaining pins. I was able to wedge something into the end of the pin and with the aid of lots of WD40 and wiggling, they eventually came out. All sorted now, and I can stop worrying about one of the cams splitting in use!

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