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Old 07-04-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default taig tips/setup Speedy's ultimate help wanted thread.

I am looking forward to using my lathe, but I have to wait untill I go out and purchase some material and some bits.

so I thought I should take the time to set up the lathe and have some questions.

I am not sure if the previous owner lapped the carriage to the bed.
and I am trying to make sure everything is ready for its first cuts.

what is the proper way of adjusting the gibs on the carriage?
should you be able to push the carriage across the the bed by hand? (what makes a perfect gib adjustment)

also the backlash in the handles of the carriage and cross slide is this normal to have?

I did read taigs manual but it didn't talk much about this

also if anyone has any general lathe advice for maintenance that would be great!
(any other substitute to the 10w oil taig says to oil everything with, maybe something better?)

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Old 07-04-2009, 11:42 PM   #2
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Speedy, Get the book that pertains to this lathe written by I believe Tony Jeffree, You can search on Tee Publishing's web sit for the correct title. It will answer probably all of your questions plus has some good accesories to build for that lathe. The book is well worth the money and you won't be disapointed.

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Old 07-04-2009, 11:54 PM   #3
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Hi Michael,

Congratulations on the new Taig. I suspect you know this, but there is a huge amount of good Taig information out on Nick Carter's site. http://www.cartertools.com/

Another good site is the Taig Owner's Club site: http://taigownersclub.forumotion.net/ and there is also a Taig group on Yahoo.

Backlash in the carriage and cross slide is normal on a lathe. I would also say you should be able to push the carriage along the bed with a gentle push. There should be no side to side motion. The Jeffree book mentioned in the previous post should be a great help as well.

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Old 07-05-2009, 12:07 AM   #4
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I don't know the Taig (I barely know my own machine).
Select the 'home' tab and then do a search on 'gibs'. Lots of info.

I had (and still do since I'm still very new to this) trouble figuring out how to adjust the gibs. I ended up taking the thing apart, polishing the gibs, and then re-assembling. Very glad I did. World of difference. I expect to do it again soon...partly because I'm sure I can do it better...partly for the experience and learning. (But I have a very small machine and it's pretty easy to do.)

I don't know what others will say...but it sure seems like every machine has its personality and isn't the same as the next even if it's the same type. That's part of the fun.

I can push the carriage back and forth (assuming the screw is not engaged.)
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:15 AM   #5
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The best information on this is on Nick Carter's site

http://www.cartertools.com/

where you'll find an enormous lot of links to Taig users' mods worldwide.

The Yahoo group is also useful - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taigtools/

If you have the milling slide it will reveal all the shake you may have in the carriage and cross slide when you take a flycut or mill.

An early check on tailstock alignment is advised. you'll need to turn a centre on a piece of stock in the chuck as Taig does not supply a headstock centre. Bringing the tailstock up to it and gently trapping a thin piece like a razor blade will reveal any side to side or vertical error. If the tailstock is low, shim it up. Headstock high, shim that. Side to side is obvious

10W/30 is recommended lubricant.

Please post results here. I for one will be keen.

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Old 07-05-2009, 12:59 AM   #6
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Michael;

There's a setup procedure described with photo's on Carter Tools website;

http://www.cartertools.com/setup.html

I've seen more specifics on gib setup - if I can locate them I'll post.

Here's one site with a number of "you-build" accessories for the Taig that may appeal to you;

http://www.deansphotographica.com/ma.../projects.html

Here's Tony Jeffree's website

http://www.jeffree.co.uk/modelengineering.html

I spiraled into the Carter Tools website and wasn't seen for two weeks . Be careful.... The Yahoo Group is quite active and the people very helpful. I still haven't really setup mine; I've been to distracted with re-learning machining and model IC engine designs!

Hope you enjoy the Taig as much as I do.

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Micheal:
ways should be agusted for free easy movement without any side play. Sometimes this is a tough balance.
A little backlash is normal and not a real problem on a manual lathe.
Way oil for ways. IIRC I usese mobile vacra No 2
For spindle Mobile velocolite 10
There are many brands some probly better than What I am using these are old stand buys I bought a gallon of each and will use them untilll i run out then may look for something better.
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:58 AM   #8
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WOW I cant thank you all enough for all your help so far.

I just emailed the fellow I got the lathe off of, since he didn't use the metal setup he didnt lap it.
sooooooo I will be lapping it soon, bit nervous (might be the excitement!)

so I have to take it all apart (well just take the carriage,headstock,tailstock off)

Tin Falcon, on the taig you can oil the spindle?

Oboy I sense lots more questions when I begin! better to do it now and get it right
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:13 AM   #9
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Zee,

Yes machines do have their own "personality's" and over time you learn how to "listen" to what they have to say....sometimes with your ears and sometimes with your hands and eyes.
....Ok no cracks about "Lathewispering"......

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Tin Falcon, on the taig you can oil the spindle?
That was a general statement to lathes may not apply to taig sorry for any confusion . You may only need way oil for small light machines.

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I just emailed the fellow I got the lathe off of, since he didn't use the metal setup he didnt lap it.
sooooooo I will be lapping it soon, bit nervous (might be the excitement!)
From what I see you just purchased a lightly used made in USA machine. Why do you want to lap the ways? does it really need it? you may be causing more problems than you are correcting by doing this.
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