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Old 10-30-2004, 12:32 PM   #1
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i was just wondering if there is any trick to knowing when your bit is in the right position. i have a integy x-mod lathe that i picked up used and it didnt have instructions so i dont know how to align the bit please help me
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Old 10-30-2004, 03:21 PM   #2
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You want the tip of the bit to be about 3mm above the center of the comm. The easiest way i have found to do this is to run the bit over to the right hand guide block ........ Make sure it is not too low already so as the tip of the bit doesnt hit it. Once it is over the top of the guide slide a shim in between the bit and block and adjust the bit untill it is about 3mm off the block. This is how i set up both my cobra and hudy lathes and get perfect results with it every time. Good luck , hope this helps.
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Hudy recommends "0.15 - 0.20 mm vertical gap between the bottom of the cutting tool tip and the top of the guides"

Everything I've heard says to put the bit slightly above center. I think 3mm is a bit high though.

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Old 10-30-2004, 05:51 PM   #4
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thanks alot both of you for your responses
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Guess i should have read that twice.................... Sorry. I set mine at .3 not 3 It is a bit higher than they recommend but i seem to get a better cut there.
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Old 10-31-2004, 08:49 AM   #6
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Default An easy way to set it

Put an arm in the lathe, hold a small piece of lexan or other thin plastic between the arm and the bit, move the bit into the arm. The top of the lexan should lean slightly towards the arm, if it leans back or no lean move the bit up.
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Old 10-31-2004, 09:39 AM   #7
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thanks alot guy i think i got it works great
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