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Myford clutch design - ME 4322

Anyone made the Myford clutch described by Graham Howe?

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clivel28/09/2021 16:41:24
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In 2008, ME carried a series of articles by Graham Howe entitled "Making the Most of the Myford" in which he described the construction of some well thought out accessories e.g rear toolpost, ball turning tool, knurling tool etc.

I wonder though what the point of the series was because the drawings were presented without a single dimension and often little detail, thus not really of too much use to anyone who would like to duplicate one of the designs.

The one item that caught my eye is his design for a simple clutch for the ML7 as shown in ME 4322. This operates by lifting the drive belt when the belt tension is released by the belt lever.

As I am keen to fit a clutch to my ML7, I was wondering if anyone has made this or a similar device and is able to provide dimensioned drawings?
Thanks,
Clive

Oldiron28/09/2021 17:02:24
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Sorry cannot help with dimensions but there are a few interesting iterations of the Myford clutch on Youtube. How good or bad they are I dont know but hopefully be of some help.

regards

john fletcher 128/09/2021 17:49:19
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I, and a couple of friend successfully made clutches for our super 7 following an article in MEW and which are still working OK today. I think it would also fit the ML7 just as well. perhaps a reader one might know which issue it was. John

Dennis R28/09/2021 20:12:10
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There are free plans on this site for a clutch

https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/news/article/a-clutch-for-the-ml7-lathe/18982

It works very well

Dennis

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