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post #1 of 5 Old 08-09-2009, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Older Banjo Eyebolt

I have an old Delta Rockwell wood lathe (46-450). I have it just about restored, but the eyebolt in the banjo must be worn, because in order to slide the banjo away from the operator I have to reach under and loosen the nut on the eyebolt. It slides toward you easily but not away. I am not overtightning the nut, I just have it tight enough to lock down when I turn the shaft. A new eyebolt is $53.00 so I would like to fix it without spending that much money. Any ideas guys? Thanks, Tom
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-09-2009, 05:43 PM
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Maybe a pic to show exactly what you talking about would help.

Thanks for your help
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OK Ponch, I've got the pic, I hope it helps my description. If you come up with any ideas please let me know. Thanks, Tom
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-11-2009, 09:13 AM
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The pic really helps. From your discription it sounds like something is binding when you try and move it. Have you tried taking the eyebolt off the rod and using some fine sand paper or steel wool to smooth the inside of the eyebolt? You said you were doing a complete restore so maybe the eyebolt has some rust/dirt in it? I don't know alot about lathes so maybe someone else will be able to help more. But to me it doesn't look like the eyebolt is bent or needs replacing, I would say it can be saved by cleaning and lubing it up.

I did take a quick look at mcmaster-carr but didn't see anything like the bolt you mention. Usually you can find all kinds of odd hardware threw them. Maybe if it does need replacing try emailing them a pic and see if they can help you.

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Like ponch says, I would pollish everything real good with wire brush and maybe even lightly hone the bore with straight stones. Just knock the sharp corners off of the hole. Then coat everything with past wax.

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