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Elliott M10 Tapered Ram and slideways

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Steven Volz01/07/2020 15:05:38
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I have an Elliott M10, which I picked up relatively cheaply a few years ago. Ive never used it because the "engineer" who owned it omitted to lubricate the ram and ways, so the mating surfaces have become damaged and rough and there is a degree of taper to the ram or ways, or both.

Has anybody got any pearls of wisdom vis-a-vis repairs, either by filing and scraping (I have no way of gauging truth and flatness and have no experience of scraping), or by sending the (heavy) parts off to someone (Whom? And how much?)?

All information gratefully received,

Thanks, Steve.

Brian Wood02/07/2020 16:52:43
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Hello Steven,

I'm sorry but I can't do much more than bump this up for you to refresh it to the current page.

Maybe it is as well you got this machine cheaply, The previous owner went a long way towards turning it into scrap. Reshaping the main dovetail guide surface on the clutch control lever side of the body will be a really tricky one, likewise the ram dovetails.

Even if you can find a machine shop willing and capable of taking it on, don't expect a lightweight bill.

It might be more sensible to cut your losses before going any further and sell it on for spares

Regards Brian

David Davies 802/07/2020 21:12:11
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I don,t know if you have seen Matt Look's videos on YouTube, he renovated a very poorly Elliot 14S a few years ago. He describes scraping in several videos. His channel is "lookcreations"



colin vercoe02/07/2020 21:49:26
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Hi Steve

Dont despair, many older machines before induction hardened beds etc picked up on the slideways especially shapers and planers with fast slideway operating speeds, to overcome the damage caused the the offending areas were ground away below the mating surfaces, all loose particals and dirt removed and put back into service.

The area can be hand scrapped or removed with a die grinder / dremmel or even a chisel, once completed the pitted area becomes another oil reservoir and will give years more service without any trouble, it really isnt as bad as it seems give it a try you will be pleasantly surprised with the results and you will get a useable shaper as well!

Steven Volz13/07/2020 12:46:58
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Thanks chaps.


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