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Steve Bedair's 9x20 Lathe Site

Steve Bedair's
9 x 20 Lathe Site
Gladewater , Texas
Updated 1- 2005

Projects & Improvements


9 x 20 Harbor Freight Metal Lathe

Harbor Freight 40444 Metal Lathe

Lathe Improvements

New Harbor Freight 39083 QCTP


Methods for attaching the quick change
toolpost to the 9x20 lathe. Also Q&A

Tumbler Reverse Variable Speed 9 x 20


Adds the ability to cut left hand threads Surplus treadmill dc motor & controller.

Top Slide Bearing Mount 5" Bison 3 Jaw Chuck & Backplate
A ball bearing mount for the top slide. A perfect match for the 9x20 lathes.

Crossfeed Leadscrew & Mount Tailstock Camlock


New larger 7/16" leadscrew, new ball bearing mount. If you move the tailstock a lot this is the answer.

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Tachometer Saddle Lock


The 1684 LMS 7x. tach on the 9x. Ball handle with indents to keep the handle in place.

Slide Block Replacement Gib Adjusting Screws


A new adjustable slide block. Replacing the 4 mm gib screws with allenhead 8-32
screws.

High Performance Shifter Knob Plexiglass Shield


A makeover for the quick change gearbox. Keep those hot chips from flying around.

4 Bolt Compound Clamp Larger Cross slide handwheel


The first modification needed on the 9x20's Very nice if you do a lot of facing.

Tailstock Set Screw Way Protector


Stop the "spinning drill chuck problem" Keep the chips off of the ways.

Projects & Tips

New Hammer Extension for lever action rifle Aluminum Knobs / Handles
Built for my Browning BR-22 rifle How to make knobs using the lathe & mill

Hobbing Worm Gears on the 9x Lathe Threading Example


My experience hobbing a set of aluminum worm gears. Gear locations for threading on the
Also plans for a hobbing bearing support. 9x with the quick change gearbox.

9 x 20 Threading Chart Ball Turning Toolpost


A chart to showing inch and metric Turn balls easily on any lathe
threads available for the 9x lathes. And it works Great !!

3" Tailstock or Spindle Chuck Indexable Lathe Turning Tools


Great for that hard to hold stuff . Build your own for a fraction of the cost.

New Work Bench Drive Belt Info


My new bench just for the 9 x 20. Part numbers for replacement 9x drive belts.

Telescope Fine Focuser 9x20 Owners Manual


A nifty fine focuser for a telescope Plus a lot of other machinery owners manuals from

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Enco

Die / Tap Holder B & S Dividing Head Owners Manual


A great way to keep a tap or die straight Scanned pages on the manual ( large pics )

Submitted Projects

New Bob Bickerton's Ball Turner ( Bob has added a ruler for easy setup )

New Steve Bodiley's Ball Turner ( Be sure to check out the rest of Steve's site here, Very nice )

New Pat Hutcheson's Crossfeed Leadscrew & Mount ( super nice mod for the 9x )

Marc Micllef's Tumbler Reverse Lever , Saddle Lock clamp & Way protector
( Great ideas for the 9x20 )

Variable Speed Conversion Submitted by Ed Kadlec.


Step by step details for adding variable speed to the 9x lathe using a treadmill motor ( this is a pdf file )

Toolpost Grinder Submitted by Cletus L. Berkeley.


A great toolpost grinder ( this is a pdf file )

$ 40 DRO for the 9x20 Lathe Submitted by Scott O.Las Vegas, NV.
A great & inexpensive way to have DRO on the 9x metal lathe.

Mike Kloos's 39083 Toolpost Holder


A nice pic of Mike's HF 39083 toolpost holder on his HF 9x20 lathe.

Ron Schauer's 9 x 20 modifications


A few of Ron's modifications include: Back gear plate, QCTP, Toolpost grinder,
Extended cross feed housing , Leadscrew, Stainless handle & Tailstock wrench.

Tool Post Grinder Submitted by Paul Belt.


A small tool post grinder for the 9x's

The Micro-Switch Dog Clutch Submitted by Richard Shell.


An automatic stop for the 9x. Richard has a lot of great info
on his site including a Chipguard , DC motor , Gear Clutch ,
Small Chuck adapter plus a lot more. A must see site.

Enco's Phase II QCTP Submitted by John Baines


Pictures of the Enco Phase II mounted on a Grizzly 9 x 19.

Metric Conversion Converts measurements from inches to what ever you need.

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9 x 20 Home Metal Links Home

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Steve Bedair's 9 x 20 Lathe Site

Steve Bedair's
9 x 20 Lathe Site
Longview , Texas
5 -2002

Tailstock Camlock Modification


9 x 20 Harbor Freight Lathe

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Front Back

This was one of those projects that's been on my to do list ever since I purchased my Harbor Freight 9
x 20
And now that's its finished I couldn't be happier !! If your project requires constantly moving the
tailstock
back and forth you will really appreciate the camlock modification. The design is very similar to the
7 x 10
camlock I built a couple of years ago. Kelly McCoy also has a great camlock modification
for his Enco 9 x 20 shown here.

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Steve Bedair's 9 x 20 Lathe Site

Steve Bedair's
9 x 20 Lathe Site
Longview , Texas
5 -2002 9 x 20 HF Tailstock Camlock
Building Page 1

I have included this information to give a better idea of how I built the camlock.
Please take note that while most of the 9x 20 lathes are similar they are not exact.
Therefore the measurements given are for reference only and may differ for your lathe.

To start out I had to mill down slightly with a 5/8" end mill better shown here.
I also used the mill to remove a small amount from the top to achieve
clearance for the cam & locknut ( the hole is not completed here )

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I used the Grizzly Mini Mill with a 5/8" endmill to achieve the recess needed.
I also used the end mill to drill the 5/8" shaft hole through the tailstock body.

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This shows the blank cam shaft test fitted in the tailstock housing ( front & back )

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Steve Bedair's
9 x 20 Lathe Site
Longview , Texas
5 -2002 9 x 20 HF Tailstock Camlock
Building Page 2

The Cam

the blank cam shaft turned on the 9 x 20 from 1" OD stock.


The large end is 1" OD the smaller end is 5/8" OD.

I first marked the location for the hold down bolt. I also drilled a pilot hole.

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I drilled a 5/16" hole through the shaft using the Mini Mill and a 5/16" end mill. I used a milling vise
with the shoulder of the cam placed against the jaws as shown by the red arrow. After drilling
through the cam shaft I slightly rotated the cam shaft a number of times until the notch was
complete.
By placing the shoulder of the cam against the vise you do not have to keep centering the end mill.
The slot will stay straight.

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One hole drilled through the cam here and the cam has been turned slightly
for the next pass.

Drilling is complete. The notch shown here allows approx 45 degrees handle movement better shown
here.

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Next I placed the cam in the tailstock housing and marked where the release position
should be. Shown on the
left with a black line. I then filed the cam flat at the mark. you don't have to remove much
metal ( .020-.030" ?)
Once the black mark was filed flat I filed in the "tighten" direction just to round the edges.

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I have included this information to give a better idea of how I built the camlock.
Please take note that while most of the 9x 20 lathes are similar they are not exact.
Therefore the measurements given are for reference only and may differ for your lathe.

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9 x 20 Lathe Site
Longview , Texas
5 -2002

Camlock Handle Positions

Handle is in the released position tightened position

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Steve Bedair's
9 x 20 Lathe Site
Longview , Texas
5 -2002
9 x 20 HF Tailstock Camlock
Building Page 3

Completed cam with 5/16" hold down bolt in place.


I replaced the metric hold down bolt with a 5" long 5/16" grade 5 bolt
and a 5/16" locknut. I also used a grade 5 washer (blue) between the locknut and cam.

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I drilled and tapped the cam to attach the release handle. ( 3/8" thread )

I more or less copied the supplied 9x20 chuck wrench.


The new handle is 5 1/2" long (end to end)

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I also built a now clamping plate from 1/2" thick steel plate
the original clamping plate shown on the right did not fit very well.

All the parts

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I placed a small spring in-between the lower clamping plate and the tailstock.
This helps release the clamping plate.

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Completed !!
Thanks,
Steve Bedair

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Camlock Mod Home
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I have included this information to give a better idea of how I built the camlock.
Please take note that while most of the 9x 20 lathes are similar they are not exact.
Therefore the measurements given are for reference only and may differ for your lathe.

Comments / Questions / Suggestions or Add Your Link

This information is provided for personal use only.


I cannot be responsible for any joy it may bring.
Copyright 2002 Steve Bedair

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9 x 20 Lathe Site
Longview , Texas
5 -2002
9 x 20 Way & Leadscrew Protector

I used a piece of thin balck vinyl flooring material from the local hardware store
and attached it to the carriage. It is sold in 24" & 36" widths for very little.
It is attached using one of the existing threaded holes on the carriage.
This works great for keeping the ways & leadscrew chip free.

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Steve Bedair's
9 x 20 Lathe Site
Gladewater , Texas
1-2005

Bob Bickerton's
Lathe Ball/Radius Turning Tool

I have a Myford and a Cummins mini-lathe and saw on John Moran's site his mini-lathe version of your ball/
radius turning attachment for your 9x20. I made one like his for the mini-lathe and, after viewing your site,
decided I could modify it more like yours and use it on both the Myford and the mini-lathe. I've made your
modification (two cutting inserts) to allow easier concave turning and have bolted a small piece of 0.5" wide
ruler to the tool holder to allow setting of the radius by 1/64 inch increments. I can turn a ball 2" OD. It works
great and the addition of the ruler makes it easy to set radius.

Very nice work Bob, I really like the ruler !


Thanks for the pic & keep up the great work,
Steve

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Longview , Texas
12-04

Marc Micllef's
9x20 modifications

Here are some pictures of Marc Micllef's 9x20 lathe. He has came up with a great looking
tumbler reverse forward / neutral / reverse lever , saddle lock and way protector.
I've included some comments from Marc and if you have any questions you can
contact Marc at : RatGuru@aol.com

Thanks Marc and keep up the great work!!!


Steve

Tumbler Reverse Lever

Exploded View

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Saddle Clamp Lever

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The secret to making the set screw adjustment work is to use a different thread for the adjustment. With both threads the same, no matter how
many degrees you turn the set screw, the distance never changes between the 2 parts. By using a different thread pitches, the distance between the
2 parts will now change as the stud is rotated. The greater the difference in pitch, the greater the distance changes per degree of rotation. I ended
up going with 5/16-18 on the clamp shoe & 5/16-24 on the handle. It works very well & you can set the handle to lock anywhere you want. With
the coarse thread on the shoe, it releases fully within about 30 deg. of rotation. Like the tail stock, I also put a spring on the saddle clamp shoe to
keep it from binding as the carriage is moved.

Way Protector

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For the way protector, I used a piece of entry flap from a dog house I had laying around. I wanted it longer for better protection but it interfered
with the chuck. To get around the problem, I cut off a short piece of aluminum channel and secured it with one of the follower screws to keep the
flap clear of the chuck. I've had no problems using the stock 3-jaw with it. But with the 4-jaw chuck, it was too long and stopped the carriage
before reaching the chuck. It is just a simple matter of taking the channel off and swinging the protector out of the way for 4-jaw operations. In
the side view it appears to be just about touching the chuck because that side isn't fastened so it tends to lift higher, but it's actually quite a way
from it.

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12-04

Ed Kadlec's
9x20 variable speed motor conversion Click
here
Anyone looking to add DC drive to their lathe needs to check
this out. This is a pdf file that Ed put together. Thanks Ed
for the great step by step details. If you have any questions
you can email Ed at: ekadlec@juno.com

Variable Speed 9x20 Lathe ( vs.pdf 1.47 MB )

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Steve Bedair's
9 x 20 Lathe Site
Longview , Texas
8 -2003

Enco Phase II QCPT


Here are some pics and comments from John Baines on the Phase II QCPT (wedge type)
mounted on his Grizzly 9 x 19 lathe. The pics also show one of six cast iron wheels
he has turned for a locomotive. Great work !!

I scrounged some 1" steel plate from a scrap yard and aftersawing for about two hours, I had myself a
square
of about 4 inches. Then after another two hours of careful milling I had the block to the dimensions
that
fit my top slide. In the meantime, I bought the Phase II QCTP (Wedge Type) from ENCO.
At $89.00 I think its a terrific bargain. Today, I bought a 1/2" bolt from Home Depot and
after machining a suitable hole and boring a tight ledge for the vertical bolt, I mounted the Phase II
on top of the
1 inch steel block with its four anchor holes screws. I knew straight away this was going to be a
winner and sure

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enough, when I cut my first steel bar, it just purred through the metal with no shake or chatter.
John Baines

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