yes I may have to change the entire switch ideaI would look for a motorised treadmill , remove the motor and speed control and fit them to the lathe .
Here in the UK it is possible to get a used treadmill for £40 -£50 , gets your lathe up and running quite cheaply.
Incidentally it was the motor on/off switch that broke on my machine , not suprising as this gets most use.
I carried out temporary repair by taking the contacts out of the milling switch which was unused and fitting them into the motor switch.
A bit fiddly but do-able.
Thanks Kerrin, no didn't know about them, but I will check right awayHi Rob,
Are you a member of the Emco Lathes group? If so ask there, very helpful bunch of guys. This is an ongoing issue with these lathes espeacilly the push button ones. There is a replacement, home done, for those, I can’t say I’ve seen one for your switch but somebody will point you in the right direction.