Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Cedar Hill, MO.
things i would check
1st: insert drive spur in to the head and live center in to the tail stock. slide up the tail stock to the head. points on both drive and live center should meet point to point, then rotate head by hand and watch the points don't wonder, should stay true. (just remember rotating heads may have to be realigned. this is where the alignment tool comes in handy. also check lock down to hold head tight.)
2nd: remove drive spur and screw on the faceplate and try to move it up,down,in and out. no play.
3rd: check out the bed, no pits or gouges.
4th: check out tail stock, quill travel in and out, smooth travel on bed and lock down holds tail stock tight to bed.
5th: tool rest, banjo sides smooth on bed and locks tight. tool rest post locks and holds tight.
6th: run motor thought out all speeds if equipped with VS
hope this helps and maybe someone else might think of something i didn't
if you get the lathe with package deal, add sand box to bottom of lathe make it heavier. but didnt think it was bad for all you get tools, grinder, ect.
"Just because your not bleeding, don't mean your turning safely"..