You have a big brother of the lathe that followed me home! It literally
followed me on a trailer ;) Your's does look in rough shape.

It is a 1979 Jet 1024P made in Taiwan. It came with a companion, a 1980
Jet JVM-626 benchtop knee mill. While old and definitely used, mine were
very well cared for. I even got a bunch of the paperwork and the
original tools and tool boxes. They both have 1.5hp spindle motors. The
mill came with a 5" riser, 4" Kurt and an 8" rotary table that I plan to
turn into an A-axis. The lathe came with steady rest, 3-jaw, faceplate,
and a spare chuck backing plate.

My plans for the lathe...
- leave the apron on for a bit of extra mass and put ballnut inside
- 3 phase motor and VFD combo
- ditch spindle belt engagement system
- ditch the belt drive counter shaft if possible
- remove the compound
- T-slot plate for top of cross slide to allow gang tooling
- remove power feed/threading gearbox on headstock
- remove all of the threading gear train under the left cover and add
encoder for threading

I have scrounged or found cheap the following parts so far...
- E661 servo motors with encoders
- 30A@60v output transformers
- rectifiers and capacitors
- a couple of almost new 2hp 3 phase motors (free on CL)
- ballscrews for the knee and Y on the mill
- ~750 lbs. chunk of granite to mount the lathe on

Does anyone have a suggestion for somewhere to host the build/conversion
progress and post pictures?


On 01/31/2017 05:37 PM, Kirk Wallace wrote:
> A lathe showed up on my doorstep (almost). A friend called up and said
> "I've got a lathe in my trailer and I want to know if I can bring it by
> today." I guess he knows me well enough to know that I could not refuse.
> I have had it a couple of days and I took some time to scrape the first
> layer of grime off of it and take some pictures.
> One of the control panels indicates it is a Samson TD-1336 (13" x 36")
> and that it was made in Taiwan in 1982. It looks like a common Chinese 
> lathe offered by Grizzly or Harbor Freight. It doesn't have a lot of 
> wear, but has been abused. The back gears are stripped, the cross slide 
> has been crashed into, the spindle and chuck have been hammered on 
> extensively.
> It's too early to have a firm plan for this machine, but I'm thinking
> that I would like to convert it to:
> - 2hp 3 phase motor, VFD, belt drive, encoder (remove everything down to 
> the spindle shaft)
> - Servo, ballscrew and encoder for Z (remove change gear and feed
> drives)
> - Servo, ballscrew and encoder for X (remove cross slide and apron)
> - replace missing tail stock
> - regrind spindle D1-4 surfaces
> - regrind chuck surfaces
> - maybe replace spindle bearings if they show hammering damage
> - of course add LinuxCNC controller

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