I finaly finished the M head bridgeport AND fixed the oil drip problem last night. I now have the oil dripping into the top of the spindle and not running down the sides of it. I have plenty of oil dripping out the drain holes now.
Today I made my first cut into a tool holder for my lathe. I removed about 3/4" material at 3/8" deep. I started with cuts of .010 and the spline play was prety loud in the main shaft. I did note when I held onto the shaft it would quiet rite down conferming it is just the ware in the spline. I worked my way up in cut depth up to .050 and it quieted down a lot. this is 3/8 deep and .050 cut with a 2/1" carbide tool and it cut like a champ!!
now even better news, the finish of the cut was smooth as glass!! I did not measure how far off center the tool is after the new bearings were installed but they must be very close to give a finish that nice.
I know many guys will think an M head is a big waste BUT I am very happy with it and I am shure it will do all I need, not to mention for the money I have into it includeing the rebuild, it cost less that a china machine. I am very happy with it now.
I have a couple friends here in the neiborhood that have a few things they would like some work done to , so that will give me some fun to play with and have good friends over too. how can I loose!!