This is a simple modification to the Myford ML7 which will:
- Eliminate any backlash between the cross slide and the leadscrew.
- Eliminate wear in the cross slide end plate.
- Reduce operational friction.
- 2x NTA411 1/4"x11/16"x0.1401" Needle Roller Thrust Bearings.
- 1x R168ZZ 1/4"x3/8"x1/8" Single Row Ball Bearing.
The bearings can be ordered as a set (Here) but before ordering, please check the end of your leadscrew where the bearings fit is actually 0.25". Please note that this modification does not work on the Myford Super 7 lathe.
The drawing MYF001 shows the work to be carried out on the cross slide end plate.
The photo shows a simple set-up on the lathe for boring out the hole and turning the front face. The actual dimensions may vary for your machine but the objective is to turn the front face so there is sufficient clearance between the dial and end plate with the thrust bearing sandwiched between the two.
The rear face can be reduced with a 3/4" spot face cutter or milled. Again, the dimension is not critical so long as there is enough (and not too much!) thread left on the leadscrew to securely lock the ball handle in place.
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