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Myford self-indexing turret slide

disassembly

John Wild
February 2018

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Myford self-indexing turret slide accessories .

I have not been able to find any sediment at the bottom of the degreaser bucket. wheel stiffened in a couple of places and travel was allowing such a large quantity to enter the unit. at the rear and that too is missing. On closer inspection. Not knowing how All bearing surfaces were wiped clean and lubricated it fitted together and being pushed into a strange with Myford slide oil. Watch for the woodruff key – it dropped lubricant). I have written it this way around because it is Having removed the majority of detritus and the easier to pull things to pieces than to put them back compacted swarf from the rack and pinion. unnoticed into a pile of swarf. I then ‘lost’ it in the . totally disassemble the unit to access the relevant Below is my experience with the re-assembly of the parts for a clean and re-lubrication. the rack and pinion. mitre gears position under spring pressure out of view did and helix with grease (this had been the previous not help.rinsed in hot water. I discovered the capstan The front slide wiper and flexible cover are missing. It was not necessary to for this unit. Unfortunately.Deb Jizer . Myford say they cannot find any.Stripping down a Myford self-indexing turret slide. there should also be a rack wiper considerable amount of brass swarf inside. turret. helix together again without having a box of bits left over at and mitre gears. locking pin release lever assembly. in de-greaser . the parts were thoroughly cleaned the end! Just disassemble in the reverse order. The only fiddle was the turret reassembly. there was a photos I have seen. dried It was very easy to determine the order in which it and sprayed with WD40 to prevent any rusting until should be taken apart. From not smooth. On receiving my turret. hence operating instructions nor exploded parts diagram it’s not in the photo line-up.

the corner screw shaft pushed all the way out through the hole in holes on mine only align with the ones in the base the side of the casting. with its flat face the housing. It becomes easy after about accurately one way. pin punch in one hole rotated the ring easily. causing the threads to bind. through its hole into the base. I had to fit two thick paper washers under screws do not have to be removed on disassembly. the peg fitted into the flat. this makes it easier to insert the operating peg into the locking pin recess within 5) Insert the helix rotation peg. the screw because it tightened up past its parallel just loosened. This ring will eventually with a flat on its shaft) into base. See Paper has a bit of compression ‘give’ and so works comment later. adjustable by an allen 2) Grease the turret locating/locking pin and spring grub screw in the front of the casting. I could have cut a shim washer but my unit seems a little weak and does not firmly didn’t have a suitable thickness of shim to hand. check alignment of recess remove the grub screw so readjustment was not in pin with cut out in casting. a taper pin. its front face. return the helix into the sliding clutch ratchet. Fit the three retaining screws. the pawl/release lever shaft whilst the peg unit The forward travel stop dog-end screws hit this is slid fully onto the shaft. A 3) Fit slide base into top casting dovetails from the peg box spanner can be used but I found that a rear. I did not and insert from the top. Fit the locking ring to the rear of the The lever points downwards. through the centre bearing and fit the the casting. The woodruff key does not stay in roughness of the un-machined part of the casting place if the unit is on its back although it’s easier to and had to be pressed in place. the slot in the head should be parallel to the which squeeze together two circumferential slots direction of travel with the flat inside facing the in the thread. The flat on the screw acts as a stop for the rearward travel of the slide. These front. locking pin against the spring pressure and the 6) Fit helix cover plate to the base. be locked in place by two screws in the ring face. The cover plate was tight in the 20 attempts. the turret locking pin has to be retracted bearing – joggle the turret locking pin up and using the release lever whilst aligning the teeth down a little to reduce angular pressure while the on the mitre gears so that the turret tool position . The fine helix return spring on alignment. just sufficiently to 4) Fit rearward travel stop screw (large headed screw hold the shaft in place. Fit the external flanged shaft 7) Fit turret. When tightened. tighten the four screws before fitting mitre gear and insert its locking pin – note this is the withdrawal lever and pin. Do not over tighten at this point. casting over the rotary turret stop screw plate. Note it is a taper pin. fit screws see what’s going on.1) Insert the helix shaft into the upper casting from bearing is slid over the shaft and into its hole in the rear. Hold the woodruff key in its slot in towards the rear. Tip the unit on necessary. well.

Rotating the On the stop screw plate. number matches that on the stop screw plate at 10) Fit pinion through side of casting to mesh with the rear when locked in place by the locking pin. the rack. The capstan wheel needs to be firmly in the turret. locate in position with screw through The turret lock ring is lightly screwed down whilst top of casting into groove in pinion and then fit still allowing free rotation and the allen screw capstan wheel. easily tightened. in the correctly numbered hole is plate and also the turret locking ring. bottom is adjusted with the correct number at the This failure to complete its arc of rotation was top of the plate or. on top of the turret. The undersize (on mine). rotated slightly between the fingers so that the The turret tool positions can be quickly skipped. 9) Fit the cap and locking lever to turret axis screw – The lathe bed clamp screws are set at a 60 degree angle leave loose. which will not help not really matter because whatever tool is aligned either. not helped by plate number on the top be the same as that on the the weak sliding clutch ratchet return spring. This turret forward facing tool but refer to the screw at prevented forward movement of the slide until the the bottom of the plate. be manually rotated to any position. the adjustment screw at the bottom rotated to ensure positive operation of the ratchet is the active one.they are and should be released before retracting the slide numbered – and then the locking nuts. There is visible the top. the numbers are visible capstan handles should move the slide back and from above but the respective adjustment screw is forth and rotate the turret to the next position at at 180 degrees. I did not check coincidence of the tool removable fixing pin. should the adjustment to fully rotate to the next position. 8) Insert the tool shaft locking bushes in their locks the turret firmly whilst the tool is cutting corresponding holes in the turret . The locking lever. that the screw caused partly by tightness of the adjustment screw at the bottom. So. If the nuts to rotate the turret to the next position and then are loosened. so as to pull the unit towards the rear side of the bed slot for consistent location. by small quadrant cut out of the bush can be aligned operating the release lever so that the turret is free to with the tool holder shaft. or should the invisible plate turret had been further rotated by hand to its next number on the bottom match with the number on stop whilst juggling the capstan wheel back and the turret? The first means that the screw at the forth a little. screws either side of the wheel hub. decisions. the second way. Initially mine was reluctant numbers are invisible. is held centrally by grub position numbers when I disassembled the unit. . and pawl. These were adjusted when the wrong number is visible from loosened to permit free rotation. Either way it does wear on some internal parts. the bushes can be lifted and then re-tightened before cutting commences. Decisions. on the bottom of the plate where the the rear of its travel.

circa. Anyone want to buy 99 metres of surplus capstan wheel for forward travel. studding? engages with the turret. a February 2018 large force. pegs on the back shoulder face Coventry die head (maximum thread diameter 5/16” of the casting. compressing its spring. Is this earlier or later than my unit? Also puzzling is the 6” length of four of the five travel stop screws . they have been designed John Wild to be very secure and able to take.within the curvature. A couple of years ago I bought a 5/16” Herbert partly protruding.and given screw. second hand unit made sense. preventing the turret from rotating. I am puzzled by the three. 7/16” diameter. If they are circa 1½” long with just 5/16” protruding -reducing to flush . I have no idea as to their use. the helix pin reverses helix rotation causing the sliding clutch ratchet to click to My next project is to make a box tool. trying to find a sequence is repeated to bring the next tool into place. slide far enough forward to let the helix rotate to the there is a slight resistance as the internal block screwed next groove. Plans for this. further studding – I think mild steel will tend to bend – but rearward slide movement engages the helix rotation I have not found a source for a short length sufficient peg in the helix causing the turret and the stop screw to make a new set. . so I now have hole. the helix pin then disengages from other turret tooling and complete turret slides are the helix. one being missing and the others plate to rotate to their next position. to cut face by about 5/16” with about 50% of a narrow some ¼” BSF HT studding. with the correct chasers. the next position. The bulges inside the casting are full or 8mm) with a set of 4BA chasers from a car boot depth of the casting .with no through sale for next to nothing. the locking pin re. However.about 1 1/2” . to cut over 3” it circumferential groove visible. It fits the turret.one stop screw is missing and one is just 4” long and without the dog end (a replacement?). now ready for the next tooth to be picked up available from https://downrivertools. to the base hits the pawl which then acts to withdraw I have tried to locate some high tensile ¼” BSF the turret locking pin.com/ at the appropriate point on rearward slide travel. The I did consider making my own turret slide and bought slide then continues forward to the cutting position a set of plans. on reversing the slightly bent. Anything fully inserted over 4” does not allow the when the capstan wheel is rotated clockwise to the rear. the rest becomes will have to be bracket mounted on the cross slide to hidden within the rising curvature of the top of the give a clear through hole for the longer length. The pegs cannot be moved. Having priced materials – well over until its travel is stopped by the appropriate setting 50% of the cost of a second hand turret . proportionally. I have seen a photo of a unit without these. The capstan wheel is then reversed and the consideration to the time involved. casting.Sequence of operation: From the central slide position. The pegs stick out above the top lower shoulder a planned use for it.

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