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Graham Meek Myford Super 7 Screw Cutting Clutch

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Robert Butler16/04/2019 19:00:51
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Gentlemen

Having recently re-read Graham's article for the screw cutting clutch for the ML7 in MEW. i am tempted to buy his "Projects for the Home Workshop" which i understand contains the original design for the Super 7 which I have. I have some queries which hopefully the esteemed members of this forum will be able to resolve.

a) I have the custom Machine DRO Sino DRO fitted to my S7 and wish to retain this. Is this possible?

b) Are there any disadvantages when fitting this device or can the lathe be operated normally with the added advantage of easy selection of forward and reversing the leadscrew?

c) Have any worthwhile improvements been made to the original design - if so details would be appreciated.

Thank you in anticipation

Robert Butler

Chris Trice16/04/2019 19:26:49
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(a) Yes. The disengaging rod sits neatly, if a little tightly, below the cross slide and above the aluminium housing on the rear of the bed. You may find it advantageous to make the arm the rod attaches to adjustable for length in order to fine tune it. Similarly the block that clamps to the bed that supports the other end of the rod might need tweaking depending on how close your saddle is going to get to it.

(b) No disadvantages. Mine has been fitted for at least five years.

(c) That's a question for Graham. My one suggestion would be to make the groove in the barrel which holds the lever in the neutral position via the sprung ball bearing a bit deeper than the other two locating grooves because sometimes when disengaging manually, the lever skips over the neutral position and goes into the reverse position.

Robert Butler19/04/2019 18:15:46
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Chris thank you for your reply, i have purchased Grahams book and await delivery with interest. if anyone else has anything to add i would be interested to hear from them.

Robert Butler

Graham Meek20/04/2019 11:11:07
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Hello Robert,

I am unfamiliar with the DRO set-up so I cannot comment on this.

There have been a few additions to my original design to suit personal preference. The first being the ability to dis-engage the unit when desired. Using the original Myford tumbler lever location holes. This was done by Ken Willson, (KWIL), and several people I know have added this feature. I have no drawings of this, but I am sure a personal message to KWIL will get you the necessary details.

Another modification which has gone a long way to quieten the device down in use is the fitment of non metallic idler gears in place of the Phos Bronze ones. The materials used so far are as follows, Delrin, (Acetal), a Nylon graphite mix and my choice Tufnol. The flat woven material, not round. The latter is not good for gears as the laminations are running parallel to the gear teeth. Not perpendicular to them as in the sheet material.

The last modification I can think of is the addition of ball races in the idler gears. This mod was down to Phil Proctor and shown on the front cover of MEW which contained the ML7 version of the clutch.

I hope this helps.

Regards

Gray,

Robert Butler20/04/2019 17:26:54
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Dear Graham

Thank you for your post, I am grateful to you.

Robert Butler

john anderson 509/05/2020 21:03:00
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hi can anyone tell me if i can fit a screw cutting clutch on a ml7r i don,t have a gearbox and its not big bore i want to buy grahams book if its possible thanks john

Phil P09/05/2020 21:36:12
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I can provide a set of PDF drawings if you would find them useful.

Phil

john anderson 510/05/2020 09:37:58
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thanks phil, that would be great, if you need my e mail its johnanderson05 at hotmail.co.uk ,i am hoping you can fit it to a std ml7r. i was looking at your album, i have a clarkson grinder which i,m hoping to do 4 facet drills, and i,m a proud owner of a pultra, i,m a newcommer to engineering , so i must be buying the right gear. cheers john

Edited By JasonB on 10/05/2020 12:55:37

Brian Wood10/05/2020 09:54:24
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Hello John Anderson

Yes, you can fit Graham's clutch to the ML7R

Regards Brian

john anderson 510/05/2020 10:02:29
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thanks brian thats good , i thought you had to have a gear box so that you would have enough room

Graham Meek10/05/2020 10:30:29
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Hello John,

There is one YouTube video posted which shows a non-QC gearbox installation. While it is on a standard Super 7, there is little difference between this and the ML7R. The video was posted by a friend in Italy who I helped out many years ago.

Thanks Phil and Brian for answering on my behalf, I do not always log-in every day.

Regards

Gray,

john anderson 510/05/2020 10:44:15
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thanks gray that good , just ordered your book cheers john

Graham Meek10/05/2020 15:12:53
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Hello John,

I have sent you a PM

Regards

Gray,

Andrew Crow22/01/2022 17:39:32
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I have read Graham's article on the Myford screw cutting clutch which contains quite a bit of grinding. I don't have grinding facilities and I'm not sure I would want to cylindrical grind on my lathe. Have other builders completed the unit without resorting to grinding?

Brian Wood23/01/2022 10:19:37
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Hello Andrew,

Like you I do not have grinding facilities and I completed my version of Graham's clutch by careful finishing cuts and polishing where it was needed. My lathe is an ML7R with fitted gearbox and the unit has now operated well for several years. It has the KWIL modification so that it can be disengaged

I have though altered the arrangement of sprung ball bearing into grooves in the selector barrel by bringing that detail outside to a more positive spring loaded indenting in the boss that clamps the operating lever to the device cross shaft.

One last point. I tried black nylon gears as idlers, they were quiet but the narrow one suffered from gear smearing and spreading and was replaced with one made from Tufnol. The other, being wider, is still in place

Regards Brian

Graham Meek23/01/2022 11:45:29
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Posted by Andrew Crow on 22/01/2022 17:39:32:

I have read Graham's article on the Myford screw cutting clutch which contains quite a bit of grinding. I don't have grinding facilities and I'm not sure I would want to cylindrical grind on my lathe. Have other builders completed the unit without resorting to grinding?

Hi Andrew,

The grinding is not required, a good finished turned item will work just as well. I grind because I have a toolpost grinder and I can finish multiple parts quickly. It is one of the traits of being a Toolmaker by profession.

As regards using a toolpost grinder, provided the ways are covered, ( I use a piece of Denim, dark blue up, that way this side always gets the dirt), I have had no problems with my 36 year old Maximat form using a toolpost grinder. It is a genuine Emco product.

Regards

Gray,

bernard towers24/01/2022 10:13:43
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Andrew you can do it without grinding just be very careful and get a good surface finish finally finishing with polishing paper. Mine has been running for 6 or seven years now with no trouble except changing the bronze idlers for sheet tufnol ones. Oh and my super 7 has a dro fitted.

ega24/01/2022 10:36:13
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Graham Meek:

I have your "Projects for Your Workshop Vol 1" (sic!) and have occasionally wondered if a second volume is in hand?

The denim tip would be useful for those who have jeans they can no longer wear; I would be inclined to spray the upside with light oil.

KWIL24/01/2022 11:45:37
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My Super7 prototype clutch version has green nylatron gears (Moly DS loaded) and the wear/use has not caused me to change them. My clutch drives a DAG Brown designed Metric/Imperial banjo arrangement and then the standard Myford Quick change gearbox, so I have all the options available.

Graham Meek24/01/2022 11:54:00
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Posted by ega on 24/01/2022 10:36:13:

Graham Meek:

I have your "Projects for Your Workshop Vol 1" (sic!) and have occasionally wondered if a second volume is in hand?

The denim tip would be useful for those who have jeans they can no longer wear; I would be inclined to spray the upside with light oil.

Like the first Volume of the Projects Book, that decision lies firmly with TEE Publishing. It was only ever called Vol 1 for a means of having other volumes by other authors if I remember correctly.

This year marks my 11th year of writing and with 50 + articles already done. It is also the year that the Emco machines are going to be retired. It may well be that I shall retire from writing too, as yet I have not made up my mind. While I do have several items still to write about, time is in short supply these days. Plans are afoot to down size to smaller machines and I want to concentrate on getting these to a stage I am happy with. Maybe after then I might pick up the pen again.

If you desperately want to know about a Vol 2 I would suggest you contact TEE.

Regards

Gray,

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