Slides and Ways
Apply oil to the ways and slides after each use.
Wipe the ways with a clean rag prior to lubrication
to ensure that no grime is carried along with your
lubricant into friction-sensitive areas. Applying oil
to the bedways and other bare metal parts also
protect the lathe from rust and pitting.
Lead Screw and Feed Rod, see Figure 50
Be sure to clean and lubricate the leadscrew, feed
rod and switch control rod. The lead screw and
feed rod have a bearing on the tail stock end sup-
port that will require one to two squirts of oil.
The oil in the headstock should be changed after
the first 2 hours of use. Then, every 6 months,
depending on usage. It is recommended that a
light weight, non detergent oil be used. Viscosity
can range from 10W to 30W and may include
multi-viscosity oil in this same range.
Figure 50. Lead screw, feed rod and switch rod
Tailstock , see Figure 51
The tailstock is fitted with one oiling port. The
tailstock barrel may be oiled directly. Apply oil
each week, or after every five uses (depending
on the frequency of operation). Be sure to clean
the slide ways for the tailstock and lift the tailstock
and squirt a few drops of oil on the ways. It is a
good idea to remove the tailstock once a month
and wipe the bottom thoroughly and replace.
G4003G Gunsmith's Lathe