The design of the gear cover was very silly. It was fixed by a nut and simply came out separately from the lathe when the nut loosened. I needed to remove the cover when I changed the speed of the lathe. This arrangement was very cumbersome and I never re-installed the cover after first speed change. The cover just left on the lower shelf of the lathe bench for months doing nothing.

However it seemed bit dangerous and some chips flew into the gear trains a couple of times. So I decided to modify the cover something useable. I would install hinges to the cover.


I was surprised when I saw the lathe manual because hinges were shown. Why they changed the design in wrong way?


I used these hinges on hand, and cut them out at the line.


The parts of the FRP cover accommodated the hinges were cut out by an angle grinder and the hinges were mounted. I did not want to do any FRP cutting work indoor.


Other sides of hinges would be mounted to the pulley plate of the mill. I marked the hole locations by the job.


The pulley plate was removed and set on the mill table and drilled and tapped M5.


The cover was hinged.


A magnet catch was installed at the lower side of the cover to keep the cover in postion. The blue arrow shows the ground part that touched to a gear on open and close.



inserted by FC2 system