Warco WM240b Carriage

February 17, 2019 Nigel 0

I’ve had a Warco WM240b for a number of years, but in the last few days the main carriage has been developing noticeable play. The obvious sign was that I would make a cut and [more…]

Switch Failure on Warco WM240B

November 30, 2018 Nigel 0

There was no bang or sparks or smoke, I switched the Warco WM240B lathe off and it just would not restart. I did all of the usual things of checking that there was power at [more…]

Lathe Tools

July 22, 2018 Nigel 0

The tool that is held in a toolpost on the lathe cross-slide and which is feed into the rotating workpiece to machine it to size. Lathe tools are made from high speed steel (HSS), Tungsten [more…]

Warco Lathe Stop

July 1, 2018 Nigel 1

I’ve been using my Warco WM240B lathe for a number of years and although I’m not a great admirer or saddle stops I thought it was about time I made one. The starting point is [more…]

Soba Tailstock Die Holder

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

Normally I use a standard handheld die holder and push this against the bar to be threaded with the tailstock and then start to cut the thread. This can be very hit and miss, but [more…]

Centre Drill Profile

June 30, 2017 Nigel 0

I use centre drills all of the time, usually as a pilot drill in the lathe to give me a good starter for a larger drill. However, whey are they the profile they are? A [more…]

Warco ER25 Lathe Collet Chuck

March 19, 2017 Nigel 0

When you buy the collet chuck you have to buy a backplate for your particular lathe. In this case for a Warco WM240B. The backplate is made from cast iron and was pre-machined to fit [more…]

Anatomy of a Lathe

November 8, 2016 Nigel 0

Just bought a lathe and feeling a touch in awe of it? The first thing then is to familiarise yourself with what is what around the lathe? This particular lathe is a Warco WM240B (review [more…]

Warco WM240B

October 8, 2016 Nigel 2

It has taken me months of looking and comparing lathes to get to the point where I ordered this lathe. I looked at the Quantum lathes and on paper they look great, but when I [more…]