WW83 Bearings and clean up/paint job

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  1. measuretwice

    measuretwice Registered User

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    I'm fairly new here, and come to watch clocks as a bit of a newb, but with a fairly in depth machining background. An admitted toolaholic, watches and clocks are another reason to acquire more tools. I've got a bunch watchmakers/instruments lathes and just recently added this Boley & Leinen WW83. It came up for sale on the other side of the country, but a daughter was living locally and dutifully picked it up lugged it to a UPS store. I didn't realize how heavy it was when I asked the favour - still owe her for that! It cleaned up nicely and I thought the good members here would like to see some photos.

    The lathe was really well accessorized, 2 slide rests, vertical slide with milling and dividing attachment and the, I imagine, rarish threading attachment with all the gears. It needed a lot of cleaning and a paint job. I've a new respect for artists, its bloody difficult to get a colour how you want from mixing. Everything was disassembled, masked and painting was with an airbrush.

    The spindle bearings seemed dicey and the OEM's on these are deep groove but its a nice upgrade to install super precision angular contact bearings. I splurged for matched ABEC 7 SKF's and made ground bearing spacers. The bearings on the motor and jack shaft were also replaced. Everything seemed in great shape. The last photo is cutting a 40TPI thread.

    The motor and speed control are less than desirable on this lathe imo so I'm just using the motor as a counter shaft (brushes removed). Powered is from a Consew servo motor which is nice - it senses the speed and puts more current into the motor to maintain the speed under load. It also gives very low speeds which are advantageous for threading. The only complaint is controls....reversing is a pita (needed for threading). I hacked the control so I can switch between foot and rheostat controls, but still haven't figured out an easy way to reverse things.

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    turning a spacer on a bigger lathe and checking the spacer's fit in the headstock bore

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  2. John MacArthur

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    Slurp slurp drool.....
    Johnny
     
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  3. DeweyC

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    Fantastic work!
     
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  4. measuretwice

    measuretwice Registered User

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    Thanks Gents, it was great find and I feel fortunate to be its current custodian
     
  5. wefalck

    wefalck Registered User

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    Having all that in one, presumably original, set with matching numbers, I suppose, is extremely rare. Good find ! I would be curious to know, how you had to pay for it.

    My jealousy is somewhat tempered by the fact that I own a similar set by their erstwhile competitors Lorch, Schmidt & Co. ...
     
  6. sharukh

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    And some more drooling. But seriously, that is a fantastic piece.

    Sharukh.
     

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