Disassembly

I did not even bother to try and clean off the assembly grease since a good deal of the equipment would be removed.

Stripping the lathe for the conversion was quite simple. Tailstock was first off, followed by the toolpost (Img 1), compound slide (Img 2) and cross slide (Img 3). finally, the saddle was slid off the tailstock end of the bed.

The cover for the electrics was removed, the twist knob removed and the potentiometer (speed control) removed (Img 4).

Next was removal of the leadscrew, and the associated gears from the headstock. This model lathe uses metal gears, I believe some use plastic.

Tools required for disassembly were a hammer, metric allen keys, and metric spanners.

I listed all the removed equipment on Ebay and recouped $150 towards the cost of the lathe!

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The most difficult part was removing the gear train. The gears were very tight on the keyed shaft, and I needed a gear puller to remove one of them. Luckily I had the right tool on hand.

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