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32956RE: [mill_drill] Covering up ball oiler ports

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  • Bill
    May 1, 2013
    See attached pics, of my 1340 Smithy. Maybe something like this will work on
    your mill.

    I made spacers for the scale to move it away from the table, and a 90 degree
    adapter for the port. I got the threaded ball oiler from McMaster
    Carr.....and the 1/4"-32 tap.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: mill_drill@yahoogroups.com [mailto:mill_drill@yahoogroups.com] On
    Behalf Of Andy M
    Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 9:31 AM
    To: mill_drill@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: [mill_drill] Covering up ball oiler ports

    GDay svsequoia_pdx,

    Have you considered installing a one shot oiling system?

    I have a TM45FG and I am about to fit just such a system to it. I purchased
    most of the lines, fittings and pump from Arc Euro Trade in the UK and the
    cost was nominal. I am also using some push type fittings that I found on
    eBay to complete the system. I plan on making my own distribution block for
    the X&Y axis though.


    I also fitted my DRO scale to the front of the table. I am fortunate in that
    the scale fit without interfering with the axis locks or the T-Slot stops. I
    still need to fit a sturdy cover over the scale though.

    I have some pics of the DRO install on my site at www.trumpy.net and I will
    add pics of the oiling system install when I get around to fitting it as

    Andy M

    svsequoia_pdx wrote:
    > I am in the process of installing Ditron glass scales on my RF-45
    > clone nill-drill. The obvious place to mount the long x-axis scale is
    > on the back side of the table, with the optical head bolted to the
    > Y-axis saddle. Unfortunately, the scale completely covers the ball
    > oiler port on the back side for the x-axis motion. Spacing the scale
    > off the table is a non-starter, since it already eats up an inch of
    > the y motion by limiting travel back to the square column.
    > How much of an issue is not being able to use the back ball oiler port?
    > I can manually brush some way oil on the underside of the ways
    > periodically--will that be good enough?


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