Refurbishing a Used Metal Lathe

What You'll Need
Lubricating oil
wooden block
replacement parts
Protective clothing

If you have used metal lathe in your house and you are wondering what to do with it; don’t throw it away, yet. You can still refurbish your used metal lathe. This is more convenient and cost effective rather than buying a new machine. Plus, it makes you customize the machine if ever you want to have any additional parts added to it.

The metal lathe is one of the most popular industrial tools around. This machine can shape anything; from metal, to plastic, to wood.

Lathe breakdowns are common. If you experience this problem with your used metal lathe, don’t panic. This kind of concern can be easily mended.

Step 1 - Disassemble Lathe

The first thing you need to do is to disassemble the lathe. Make sure the machine is turned off. It is advisable to rely on your manual for clearer details onto how to disassemble the lathe. But, if you are familiar with different lathes, you can do the disassembling without too much reliance on the manual. Focus on the headstock first. The first part you need to remove is the spindle. You can do that by adjusting the collar at the back of the spindle.

The next thing you need to remove is the oil seal and sleeve. You can remove this by driving the spindle out with a large wooden block. Remove the long spine shaft, rear cap and the nuts under the shaft and drive spine. While you are at it, check the parts that are needed to be replaced.

Step 2 – Select the Replacement Parts

As soon as you disassemble your metal lathe, you will see the parts that are needed to be changed or thrown away. When you disassemble, work by area so it will be easier to see the parts. And once you have take note of the parts, head to your local depot or to the main supplier of the lathe to purchase the spare parts. If you are on a budget, you can purchase generic parts at the hardware. Just make sure the items you plan to purchase look stable enough for long-term use.

Step 3 - Assemble

You can use lubricating oil to clean the other parts that are still working. Use a clean rag, add a small amount of oil and wipe the parts until clean. Get the replacement tools and the other parts. During reassembly, just put things back in its reverse order. Wear protective clothing when handling the machine.

Step 4 – Check the Machine

After reassembly, check the machine if it’s working. You need to check again the system just in case the machine is not working well. You can also check if the cutting tools are still in good shape. One of the things you need to consider in maintaining your metal lathe is its lubrication. Make sure the machine is lubricated to avoid friction build-up.