Years back I managed to find one of those “dream” home shop machinery deals. An Emco Maximat V10P lathe was sitting in a dusty pile at the back of a bike shop in Alameda, CA. This is a very much sought-after home shop machine. The shop owner said the machine was taking up space, so we made a deal and it followed me home for a more-than-fair price. It’s been a great lathe, but was in far from tip-top shape and has needed some TLC and upgrades. One thing that I’d been meaning to address for long time, is that oil constantly dribbled out of the quick-change gearbox onto my bench. What follows details that fix.
The problem was that each day I would find new puddle of oil on the bench under the QC gearbox. The leak was traced to a bearing on the left side of the QC (quick change) gearbox.
The rest of the job was just bolting things back together. NO MORE LEAK!
4 thoughts on “Emco Maximat V10P lathe QC gearbox bearing replacement”
I stumbled over this article. Really nice reading. Great job ! What a fantastic piece of machinery you came across. Congrats !
Is it absolutely necessary to remove the lead screw and feed shafts to get the Norton box off? As it seems the shafts are supported in the side housing and do not seem to have any support from the Norton box other than the side housing. I appear to possibly have a damaged gear in this housing and due to limited space would prefer not to remove these shafts unless absolutely necessary. I look forward to your reply.
Curious what bike shop in Alameda CA you found this at? I work in Alameda and just got a V10P as well. How time consuming is to swap out the gearbox (remove and reinstall the whole unit)?
I remember only that it was a little no-name place that only sold recumbents.
I’d say the gear box job was time consuming but not hard. I went very slow, especially when applying heat to the box.