Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Push Buttons For My Emco Maximat V10 Metal Lathe

Project:
Replacing the push buttons for my Emco Maximat V10 Metal Lathe

Difficulty Level (Easy, Medium, Hard, Insane):
Easy

Process:
The push buttons on my Emco Maximat V10 Metal Lathe were not working very well (as is very common with those buttons) so I figured I'd take them apart, do a good clean and have a look at what might be going on.

Taking it apart was fairly easy; just a few screws and that's it. I gave it a good clean with brake/electrical parts cleaner. However, the plastic push buttons at the top literally disintegrated (after all, the lathe was made in the 70's). Again, this is apparently a fairly common issue with these lathes.

I just happen to have picked up a few 1" pieces (24" x 36" and 16" x 30") of Teflon at the local scrap yard for $20 bucks so I cut off a 1" piece on the table saw, fed it through the thickness planer to 1/2" by 5/8" and cut the ends off on the chop saw. All I had to do now is drill a hole slightly smaller than the metal pin that attaches to the switch module and I was all set.

The only disadvantage is that the original buttons were black whereas the Teflon is white. I didn't think it was that big a deal though.

Pictures:
The dirty switch module
Another view of the switch module
After the push buttons disintegrated
The disintegrated push buttons
The strip of Teflon I cut on the table saw
A close-up of the rough piece of Teflon
After it was put through the thickness planer
Drilling the holes in the back to match up with the metal pins in the switch module
After it was all done. The large button was pushed down a bit further after I took this picture to match the height up with the rest of the buttons


Tools:
Table saw
Thickness planer
Chop saw
Drill press
Knife

Materials:
1" x 1" x 16" Teflon

Cost:
$0.25

Time:
1hr

Savings:
No idea, can't even get these anymore

Conclusion:
Works great and the grease wipes right off!

4 comments:

mel said...

you just make it so easy to mock you. too. easy! hahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris, Just wondering if you know the recommended tool size for a V10p as I would like to get replaceable carbide tip tools.

Chris Eigenheer said...

@anonymous, i use 3/4" tool holders. they were original 1" holders but I had a local machine shop machine them down to 3/4" as the material was hardened and my SS tools couldn't cut it. if you're using a quick change tool post you'll probably have to go with 1/2" or 3/8" tool holders but i like the 3/4" ones because they're a lot more sold. hope this helps

Anonymous said...

Chris,

I am a new owner of an old Emco V10-P and I am trying now to bring it back to its operability. As Canada is a metric system country I do hope your machine is metric too, isn't it? If it is I would like to ask you for a picture of one part of your lathe. I would appreciate your reply to my email pch@pch.pl . I live in Poland. Thanks and best regards, Pawel

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