24V DC Motor for the Unimat

24V DC Motor Conversion for Unimat

24V DC Motor for the Unimat 3 designed, made and authored by Ray Dean, Sydney. I thought you might be interested in this story about my little Unimat 3. I needed a new motor for Unimat 3 where I had fitted a sewing machine motor in place of the original which had blown when I … Read more

Lathe Chuck Spacers

flywheel in warco lathe machining chamfer

How many times do you use lathe chuck spacers? How do you keep all of the spacers in place whilst aligning the workpiece in the chuck? I had this problem recently with a small flywheel that I was holding in external jaws. I needed to space the chuck away from the plain of the jaws … Read more

Lathe Tool Clamping

lathe tool post

The are a number of things to consider when clamping the lathe tool into the toolpost, lathe tool clamping: clean surfaces correct height clamping base overhang One of the first things to do when changing a lathe tool or fitting a new tool is to clean all surfaces. You will be applying a lot of … Read more

Soba 3-Jaw Lathe Chuck

Soba 3 jaw lathe chuck

After living with the runout on my Warco WM240B 3-Jaw for some time I decided to replace the chuck with a 125mm Soba 3-Jaw Lathe Chuck. The replacement of the chuck was a fairly easy process. However, you need some patience and time to get the backplate right. After searching the internet I ordered the … Read more

3 Jaw Chuck Runout

I’m getting significant 3 jaw chuck runout on my Warco 240B lathe. Although ok at first I’m now finding the chuck as delivered with the lathe is rubbish. As delivered the Warco 240B lathe and the 3 jaw chuck were brilliant, but over time the runout on the 3-jaw has increased. I’ve even marked the … Read more

Warco WM240b Carriage

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 the tool would make another cut as I backed off. My first port of call was to look at an … Read more

Switch Failure on Warco WM240B

There was no bang or sparks or smoke, I switched the Warco WM240B lathe off and it just would not restart, a complete switch failure on Warco WM240B. I did all of the usual things of checking that there was power at the main plug and that the fuse was intact and all was fine. … Read more

Lathe Tools

lathe tool height and angles

The lathe tools are held in a toolpost on the lathe cross-slide and which are then fed into the rotating workpiece to machine it to size. Lathe tools are made from high speed steel (HSS), Tungsten Carbide or other very hard materials such as diamond. Angles and Clearances The cutting and clearance angles of a … Read more

Warco Lathe Stop

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 a piece of square cast iron. I marked a line with a square and a pencil, as you can … Read more