However, investing in the best
lathe for your projects is only the beginning of the process. Indeed, after prolonged use, your lathe will benefit from a bit of 'TLC', so regular maintenance is essential if it is to continue delivering the utmost
We recommend a regular lathe maintenance check as part of your woodturning regime, for which you may adopt the following steps. Blowing and brushing off woodchips after turning, for example, is a habit
that all woodturners should pick up as, when woods shavings cover parts of the lathe such as the motor cooling vents, its motor can overheat and wear.
Wiping down the bed, top, underneath and inside of your lathe is
similarly crucial. Shield Technologies Protectool wax polish applied with a Chestnut Priooducts Nyweb pad is ideal for keeping your bed smooth and making your banjo and tailstock easy to adjust. The removal of debris
from your lathe also ensures that there isn't anything between the bed and banjo or tailstock to prevent them from locking down tightly.
We also recommend that you run your finger over the tool rest to check that it
is smooth, and in the event that it isn't, level the rest with a file or coarse abrasive. This is an important procedure for keeping your tool rest level so that your passes are smooth and unobstructed, not least given
that the steel of your tool will normally harder than that of your tool rest, and sharp-edged, raising the possibility of divots as a result of the tool being knocked onto the rest by the action of turning.
inspecting your lathe's drive belts for wear and cracks will help to prevent inconvenient breakages in the middle of your woodturning sessions, while keeping the headstock 'swallow' free of excess chips and debris will
ensure that your dead centre spins true. You should be especially alert to the danger of the headstock threads being hindered by chips, dings, dents and corrosion.
While the aforementioned lathe maintenance tips will
certainly help you to gain the maximum productivity and value from your lathe, it also remains vital to invest in the very best quality lathe. So, why not purchase your next lathe from our extensive and renowned range
here at The ToolPost, whether through our website or in our Didcot showroom and shop?