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    Default wicking felt in apron hercus 9"

    Hi, first post on this site hope its good. during strip down of apron wicking felt got pulled out. not sure now where it goes or how to fit it. can anyone help?
    B Brooker

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    Just in case it helps, for the very similar South Bend 9 inch lathe:

    https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Renovat.../dp/1482364883

    US dollars I think.

    Also:

    https://www.amazon.com/South-Bend-La...TT2CCAHQ5YDF2N

    Also: I've heard of using a shoelace as the felt in the apron.

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    Hi Guys,

    FWIW felt carpet underlay works well as an oil wick !
    Best Regards:
    Baron J.

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    Default Felt wick for south bend 9" apron

    Quote Originally Posted by BaronJ View Post
    Hi Guys,

    FWIW felt carpet underlay works well as an oil wick !
    Thanks,
    my problem is where to fit the wick and what should it actually lubricate?

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    Here's a cautionary tale of a Hercus lathe purchase and subsequent rebuild. There's some apron details.

    http://www.lathes.co.uk/hercusapron/...cus/index.html

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    Default Felt wick

    Hi, thanks for the stripdown of the hercus9 apron. Looks like that wick goes from the little oil sump up through the casting into the bottom of the worm bearing. Is that right? If so I guess I have to pull the worm out to fit the wick? It looks like there is a bit of wick lying in the bottom of the bearing too? Think I'll pull the worm.
    Cheers and thanks for the help.
    Brian B

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    Long time since I did it, forget details but I think that's right - dismantle the worm drive assembly for access.

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    Default Wick in

    Hi, found the hole in the casting and fitted the wick,home made from 3mm felt. Hope the oil will rise to the pinion bearing. Will add pic of my finished recon 9" if possible. Thanks for all help.20191207_101628.jpg
    Last edited by brookerbj; 8th Dec 2019 at 04:50 AM. Reason: Add pic

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    Hi Brookerbj,

    Very nice looking lathe, I'd be very proud of that !
    Best Regards:
    Baron J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaronJ View Post
    Hi Brookerbj,

    Very nice looking lathe, I'd be very proud of that !
    Thanks, better start using it now.

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