Open Hack Space — New Used Equipment

Had the privilege today of acquiring a new used tool. I was able to pick up a EMCO Compact 5 Mini-Lathe and Mill. Here is what I got off of Craigslist today for $140.

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You can clearly see that it is a little beat up however nothing I can’t fix. The important part to remember when buying used equipment is to know what you are buying. Don’t buy a piece of used machinery unless you know how to inspect it. Over the next couple weeks I will go over the basic maintenance and repair of this lathe. This should give you a basic idea of what you are getting into.

Here is the midway point of the clean up.

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Essentially this thing was covered in surface rust and the ways all need to re-shimmed. Here is the photo of what it looks like finally sitting in my office.

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There is certainly a difference between where I started and where I ended. This portion is merely the cosmetic portion. In these following posts I go over repairing lathe cross slide and shimming ways (aka making gibs).

Lathe Cross Slide Inspection

Lathe Cross Slide Repair

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