|William Ayerst||27/01/2021 22:28:31|
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An unfortunate set of circumstances meant that my ML7 was accidentally turned on at the weekend and has been running since. It has been kept well lubricated before this incident and was running without anything on the spindle.
I turned it off as soon as I noticed and did a quick check - the oilers are empty, but there doesn't appear to be any play in the main spindle. The lathe itself was not hot, although the motor (Metro-Vick original?) was. No bad smells or obvious problems, but suddenly, I'm worried about everything - is this a new issue, or is this just manifested? Either way:
Is there anything else I should be checking or doing (other than obviously taking measures to ensure this doesn't happen again!)
Edited By William Ayerst on 27/01/2021 22:40:47
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William, never heard of it before and admittedly not an ideal thing to do but you seem to have checked everything you can and no ill effects so stop worrying !
Although the main bearing oil cups were empty, when there is no load on the spindle it will retain and oil film and if this had broken down assuming your machine has the white metal bearings they would have "run" and you could not miss this. Hot motor - only to be expected but clearly OK - no bad smells.
It really goes to show the longevity built into these machines
|William Ayerst||28/01/2021 09:01:11|
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Thanks John - I guess the only thing that feels a bit strange is the stiffness of the counter shaft, should it have some resistance or should it be easy to spin?
|Brian Wood||28/01/2021 09:21:06|
|2438 forum posts|
I think the countershsft bearings will be showing up a lack of lubrication as a result of the prolonged running, other than that the lathe itself has come through with everything operational as it should.
So, a bit of oil where it is needed and away you go again
|larry phelan 1||28/01/2021 09:35:18|
|1079 forum posts|
Your electric meter ???????
Just asking !
|Swarf, Mostly!||28/01/2021 09:53:46|
|606 forum posts|
Hi there, William,
I hope that your ML7 has not suffered any irreparable damage.
It sounds as though you need to install a motor starter that incorporates no-volt-release.
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Would be interested to know how it was left running for that long. I hope it has no detrimental long term effects.
|433 forum posts|
3 days = 4320 minutes
Typical lathe motor runs at 1450rpm
1450 x 4320 = 6,264,000
|J Hancock||28/01/2021 11:11:40|
|707 forum posts|
Not to worry, the national debt increased by approx £360,000,000 over that period of time.
|Pete Rimmer||28/01/2021 11:43:37|
|1053 forum posts|
I would not worry overly much. If any of the bearings had suffered lubrication failure you would have come back to a seized spindle or smouldering mess.
All I'd expect is a little bit extra normal wear. Not so much of that either since plain bearings are happier once warmed up a bit.
|2246 forum posts|
Would some moly benefit the counter shaft bearings?
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No load running so it should be fine after a pint of refreshing lube
|William Ayerst||28/01/2021 13:34:36|
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I'm happy that no major harm done - if it's been used for an hour a week since it was built (1952) that little escapade has only added half a percent of the total running time. Hopefully!
A no-volt release sounds like a perfect plan, as well as a start/stop that's not attached to the wall socket. I have a modern power cable, but no control box. Do you have any recommendations?
What happened was, I was working around the house and accidentally tripped the breaker for the workshop by nudging a box in the under-stairs cupboard. After some time went to the garage to get tools to cut some firewood - after messing around with a regular saw, I decided to use my chopsaw - which didn't work. I assumed it was broken. I then tried the lights, and they didn't work. And then tried the lamp over the lathe, which also failed. I swapped plugs around and inadvertently plugged the lathe into the lamp socket (which was turned on at the wall, but with the lamp switch itself turned off and the power still cut) and vice versa.
When the power came back on after I reset the breaker, instead of power being supplied to the turned-off light, it got supplied to the lathe!
Since I've now got all the easily removable parts off to transport the lathe (another story!) I wonder if it might be a good opportunity to give it a clean. i.e. the lead screw and gears inside the headstock are a bit grimy - is it a good idea? I'm assuming white spirit and a soft brush, and then a reapplication of the relevant oil/fluid once dry?
|J Hancock||28/01/2021 14:06:01|
|707 forum posts|
One vital bit of information missing.
Did you leave the lathe with the drive belt tensioned (bad) or 'loose '(good). ?
That , may have saved your headstock bearings.
|2246 forum posts|
Not ecstasy but molybdenum disulphide.
NB my question mark as I don't know the composition of ML7 countershaft bearings.
|Tony Pratt 1||28/01/2021 14:58:45|
|1660 forum posts|
Original countershaft bearings are Phosphor Bronze.
|Alan Donovan||28/01/2021 15:50:40|
|52 forum posts|
My view would be that 72 hours of 'no load' running on a Myford is not really a problem, especially as you normally keep it well lubricated. The key thing here is that it was 'no load' running. These machines suffer much worse abuse in industry and survive.
Tony Pratt 1 mentioned that the countershaft bearings were phosphor bronze, that is correct but the original fit were sintered bronze bearings (which are porous to retain some of the oil) manufactured by 'Oilite'. A 'trawl' of the internet suggests that these bearings (in imperial sizes) are still available, should they be needed.
Best regards Alan.
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In theory a smart meter monitor display would alert you to this sort of thing.
|Chris Gunn||28/01/2021 22:21:21|
|389 forum posts|
William, it sounds that it could be unlikely that this could happen again. Just in case you could feed the lathe through a timer with just the off flag set at the latest time you are likely to need it. the timer will switch it off.
I adopted this for my compressor, I used to switch it on, and if it was not actually running. i would head inside leaving it on. Later in the evening the lights would slightly flicker when it started up again. The problem was solved by the timer.
|not done it yet||28/01/2021 23:00:46|
|6285 forum posts|
The problem was solved by the timer.
But do buy a substantial timer. The lesser ones will fail with fairly low inductive loads, even though they will cope with 3kW resistive.
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