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You need to unscrew the whole bushing assembly from the casting as a
first step. There is (usually) a hole drilled into the bushing on
the bottom side for a spanner wrench. I used the tommy bar from my
Sherline chuck on one of my lathes. The bushine is right hand
threads. If all else fails, try padding the bushing with leather and
clamping it in a vice. This worked on my other lathe.
The next hurdle is the nut that holds the crank handle on the screw.
This is (usually) a slotted nut. A big screwdriver with a bite taken
out of the middle will work. There is a picture of a neat tool to do
this job in the files section. I used a piece of drill rod with
shoulders milled off to make a screw driver blade and then took a
pass with an end mill through the center to spann the end of the lead
screw. I cross drilled to accept my Sherline tommy bar and the
hardened the tool. This will all be clearer if you look at the tool
in the files section.
The handle pulls off. There is a pin that keeps the handle from
spinning on the screw. Don't lose it.
Chuck the leadscrew in your lathe. Turn your compound 90 degrees to
the lathe axis. Lock the cross slide by tightening down one or more
gib screws. Face off the surface of the lead screw that the crank
handle seats on. Try fitting it all together. Measure the endplay.
Face off. Repeat. If you overshoot you can face off the screw on
the surface that runs on the inside of the bushing to increase
Somewhere I have a page from a SB publication that shows how to
install a new cross feed screw. It shows this whole process. It
might be in the army manual.
I will be posting a procedure on how to install ball thrust bearings
on your leadscrew as soon as I get the pictures ready to load.
to allow the rest to be swivelled the whole thing can be rockedback
Take the whole compund off by unsrewing the two "grub" screws all the
way and jiggling the assembly until it lifts off. There must be some
swarf under it or maybe one of the pins that holds the compound in
place is upside down.
That can't be right. I've just got the lathe & am struggling a bitto
get it home, & it's never been the same since.Snip
Have a look in the FAQ's that Dennis Pantazis is editing. Seach on
FAQ to find the link on the list or I'm sure someone will jump in and
provide it, since I cant remember what it is at the moment.
Hope this helps.
Incidentally, does anyone know of a UK spares agent?