I'm extremely pleased to have finally bought an ML7. Its rough and looks like its been painted by a monkey on tea break. But it was very cheap. Best of all I put a micrometer on the front sheer at various points and there's 0.0015" difference between the lowest point and the tailstock end. I measured over two threads of the leadscrew, and its nominally the same, with at most 0.0005" over the two threads.
Unfortunately though it has been stood for 20years in a garage. The bed had a little surface rust, so a spray of WD40 and stoned the bed to get rid of the worst. Its not polished but it will do. In time it'll become polished as everything is adjusted and settles back in.
I've taken the bearing caps off, and I've set about degreasing all the spindle. Yes sadly it has had grease put into the headstock. The headstock bearings are white metal ones so hopefully they will be OK,but will need to run it to find out for certain or if further work is required.
20210502_123612 by Jon Cameron, on Flickr 20210502_123606 by Jon Cameron, on Flickr Apart from a couple of bolts its complete, the bush for the apron handwheel seems shot though does anyone know if this is an oilite bearing pushed in? Or direct onto the casting?
Thanks for looking now to play a little with my new toy cleaning up and assessing whats needed.
For some time I regretted buying my ML7. It was in working order and a reasonable price but as a beginner I used to think it just wasn't what I needed and I looked at a number of alternatives in the mini-lathe ranges.
I am so glad I stuck with it now.
My skills are not great, but after a number of years of learning through lots of mistakes I am actually thrilled with the Myford. I can now sharpen tools and I am better at measuring so when I want to take off 3 thou that's exactly what happens, and stuff fits together.
Very much look forward to you bringing this one back to life.