I have a mini-lathe since some years ago but never I used it a lot becasue always I had lathes at work to do all little things I needed. Other reason because I had it abandoned was do not have a good place to use it, now I´ve the garage of my parents home and it´s time to put ready the mini lathe and start to work with it seriously.
This mini-lathe it´s a "Hercules MDB 3500" but ,like many others like mine, is made in China. All of these mini lathes are a good base to get a high accurate mini lathe with some improvements.
I started to disassemble the lathe to rebuild, replace some parts and use the occasion to sketch it and take all measurements to model it with Solidworks. Probably I´ll need these drawings to design new parts, mods and attachments.
Before disassemble the lathe I made the modifications needed on a old connection box from a machine (emergency stop buttom) to replace the original made of plastic.
Now I have much work ahead and I will combine it with other things I'm doing on my Yamaha TRX.
I disassemble the mini lathe in sub-assemblies, also I cleaned ,removed the rust and oiled it.
...now it´s time to sketch and model it 3d with Solidworks...
From now on I will publish my progress on my project, interesting links, technical information, mods and 3d parts.