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Michael Gilligan22/05/2022 06:47:12
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Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 20/05/2022 12:58:08:


Ages ago I think MichaelG linked a document that explained the pros and cons, but I can't remember what it said.



Try the link in my PostScript at the top of this page from 2016: **LINK**


Jonathan Peters23/05/2022 17:42:17
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Jeez you guys !!

Thanks for all the replies.

So context is important after all.

Although its been 40 ish years since I went to college and last worked in an engineering workshop I still have a bit of an idea even if things have moved on somewhat.

Yes, its Chinese, I get it. I just want to make it as good as it can be and to make stuff as good as I can. I bought this one because Optimum have a good website that talks the talk. Unfortunately it don't walk. For what it is and price its probably ok. I have been in touch with the supplier about another issue. They were a bit upset I was taking it apart but as far as I am concerned .... tough.

The reason for taking things to bits is that cost cutting means nothing is properly finished, grinding dust and swarf is everywhere . Not cleaning it up will no doubt cause premature wear etc.

Now my mistake was with that pesky decimal. That should have been 0.1, which to me is certainly not acceptable. The 0.01 I mistakenly posted, however is. The other clamp is about 0.01. Yes I know there must be a gap but only enough for a sliding fit. 0.1 is a sloppy fit.

I only felt the need to check the gap because there was play between the saddle and the ways.

Yep it does look Journymans lathe, and I like his idea about separating the lock from the clamp.



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