Saddle up (Warning! Major Imagination Failure!)

I turned my attention to another example of futility under the sun:  There is a man who is all alone, without any companion; he has no son or brother, but there is no end to all his hard work. His eyes are never satisfied with riches. But does he ask himself, ‘For whom am I working hard and depriving myself of good things’? This too is futility and a miserable occupation.

Looking at the Saddle now…

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…it seems just dirty. Once again, a lot of wood dust mixed with oil. But, it looks simple. And indeed, it doesn’t have many parts and is easy to dismantle.

This is the Saddle Strip coming off, showing some shims and trapped oiliness…

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The diagonal line with a hole in it is an oil gallery. The four protrusions are adjusting screws for a Gib Strip, allowing precise sliding tension between Saddle and Bed.

A surprise was hidden behind this shaped plate…

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After taking the Plate off…

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…this is leather! The Diagram calls it a Wiper. Obviously it sweeps the bed in advance of the Carriage Assembly to prevent metal bits getting under the Saddle. It came loose easily without damage, although it’s soaked in oil.

Here’s all the parts ready for cleaning and polishing…

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After Standard Cleaning Process, I polished all sliding parts with lubricated 2500g Silicone Carbide Paper. The fact that the parts all polished well indicates the good condition. Here’s some pictures…

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Comparing the picture above with the first picture in this entry shows that I have removed the oil nipples.

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The Wiper was washed and squeezed dry by compressing between thick cloths in a vise. Reassembly was easy…

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…especially when I took the Saddle Strip off and put it back on the right way round…

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That sort of thing is getting to be a more frequent occurrence. Cause? Lack of attention and rushing. A bad thing in Lathes and Aviation. Seriously, tho’, these seemingly funny little happenings are a Red Warning Light. An alert that means: Slow Down and Be Careful. Important in Lathe Operation and Horrendous Weather.

Reattached to the Apron…

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To get the Carriage Assembly back on the Bed, this assembly at the end of the Leadscrew…

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…had to be entirely removed…

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This is the Nut in the closed condition around the Leadscrew…

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…and open…

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The Rack Pinion engaged on The Rack…

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The Leadscrew Handwheel Assembly replaced and the Carriage Assembly and Tailstock installed…

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This was much easier than I thought. Just the Cross Slide, Top Slide and Tool Holder to do then we’re done!

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