The results are improving, but the bit grinding is a skill I need to work on. Some of my tools cut fine, then I'll attempt a grind on another and it does nothing but chatter and make ugly threaded rod. The lathe seems to turn .005" taper on straight turns the max. length. Maybe this is setup/ajustment, or perhaps just the wear of the lathe. It easily made some of the tools I mentioned in an earlier post, and they look and work quite well. I don't quite get the dead center part. It tends to heat up and smoke, then get lose sometimes. I oil it and predrill it slightly with a center drill. Is turning on centers and using a lathe dog more reliable on long pieces. The lathe also has no reversing gear. I would guess someone had a "incident and ran into the headstock. Is the proper leadcrew direction toward the headstock or away from the headstock? Seems like I read toward the chuck is best beause that's the most solid connection to push the tool into. I know this is nothing but a list of rambling questions, but any advice from an experienced lathe operator would be appreciated.
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