Common Lathe Machinery Problems that Occur
There are a number of things that you need to look at when buying lathe machinery to ensure that you don't have any problems in the long run. There are common problems that can easily be avoided if you take the time to properly inspect the pieces that you buy.
Step 1 – A General Overview
The first thing to do is simply to take a quick overview of the entire piece that you are looking at. Be sure that it looks like everything is clean, functioning, and in a good state of repair. By simply keeping things clean and up to date, you can prevent yourself from having to pay a lot of money on the piece in the future.
Step 2 – Check the Bed Ways
The bed ways are the two parallel pieces that hold you wood or metal pieces in place. They should be perfectly parallel within one another and carriage the rests between the two of them, should run smoothly back and forth. If these are in any way misaligned, it will greatly affect the precision of the machine that you are using. Simple fixes for this are to make sure that the bed ways are secured tightly in place, as well that the carriage pathway is lubricated properly so that it runs smoothly back and forth between the two pieces.
Step 3 – Check the Belts and the Pulleys
If the machine itself doesn't work, this is because the engine isn't working. If you look into the motor of the machinery, you will see a series of connected pulleys. The first thing to check is to ensure that they are properly lubricated and well oiled. This will ensure that things run smoothly between them. Now you have to wonder what runs through the pulleys. Well its the lathe belt. This is important because is keeps all the inner and out pieces working properly and in time. Check the belt itself. The more that you use your machine, the more that you are going to see that the belt wears away. Eventually one of two things is going to happen. The belt is either going to rub away and then stop moving the insides of the machine, or it is going to wear down so much that the belt simply breaks and then breaks up inside the machinery. This can cause serious damage to the motor. So by simply doing constant checkups on these pieces, you will keep your machine up and running and prevent a large expense.
Step 4 – Lubrication
If you are ever in doubt, always know that there is never a time where you can use too much lubrication. Amongst the gears and the pulleys, you can always add a bit of grease. This will simply help keep the gears and pulleys running smoothly while also ensuring that the gears don't break down to fast by being exposed to the air and feel the effects of oxygenation. Eventually your gears and pulleys are going to have to be replaced, because at some point they are going wear away due to rust.