I've joined the atlas lathe list .... and someone is saying to try and repair bed wear with Belzona supermetal 1111. It appears to be similar to JB weld, only it's hidously expensive and can't be found for sale to the general public...... but I found some on ebay uk (a small tub for about $160 delivered ). Has anyone tried this stuff ??
This is the lathe
this is the wear. One side is tight, (can't even get a 0.05mm feeler gauge under it) the other is 0.1.
Given the big slack in the carriage on the side with the controls, I'm wondering
if it's possible the adjustment "gibs" have come loose ? Sadly nope ... As I tried to slide the carriage off it tightened up to the car where I could to clean and lubricate the bed and the very end (where the tailstock sits) in order to get it off.
You can see the condition of the bed sort of. My finger is where the bed is unworn.
It appears the cariage has never been adjusted by removing the laminates to take up the wear. I could remove some laminates, and get rid of the slop, however then the carriage wouldn't move all the way back without binding up
Has anyone tried the belzona stuff before??