Hi, I'll start this by admitting right off that I know almost nothing about machining. However, after using a friend's lathe with his assistance for a few hours, to make a part for my bike, I got the bug and want to learn a lot more. I love making things, and just the idea of having the ability to make custom parts is opening my world of making things as much or more than adding welding to my toolbox did. There is a local continuing ed class on intro to lathe work that is only offered once a year that I'm hoping to take, in the meantime I'm consuming youtube videos and a couple of older videos by Rudy Kouhoupt my friend loaned me on machine lathe work. However, I'm not that great at learning without doing, and this winter was ridiculous here. So I ended up buying this lathe last fall but not being able to use it much till now, it came with not much in the way of tooling and I probably spent way too much money for the condition I'm finding it to be in. The machine is filthy, and I'm still trying to figure out what condition it is really in. I've been cleaning it up and lubricating it as I go. I was using non detergent 30 weight, and have since found that 20 weight is what is recommended. Presumably this isn't the end of the world. So far I've found that I can get one of the pins out to remove the compound, but the other one will not budge no matter how much penetrating oil and magnetism and light tapping I apply. I'm using an 1/8" tig rod turned into a strong electromagnet and while one pops right out, the other wont budge. That may not be such a big deal, and maybe some time and vibration and more oil will eventually make that one free up. The compound does rotate freely with the bolts backed off, I'd just like to be able to remove it in case I ever have access to a milling attachment or worse, damage the compound. Thoughts on this are welcome. The three definite problems I've found are: broken left thrust washer broken teeth on cross feed power feed gear motor reverse wont self start The broken left thrust washer (10f-74) that broke but I have no idea why, and not knowing how it was broken concerns me. I have run the lathe but not so much as chucked anything up yet. While it was running with the lead screw turning (but no power feed engaged) I heard a clink and looked over to find that washer on the table cracked in half. I'm unsure if this means the previous owner (who apparently had a religious conviction against cleaning his machines) had cracked it sometime ago, or much more concerning to me, if it somehow broke while it was just turning under no load. The questions about this are: #1, Is this a part I could just turn as a learning exercise? It *seems* like as long as I don't use the power feed, or engage the lead screw, there shouldn't be any issue with turning on the lathe. It also seems like as things go, this is not a terribly complex thing to turn. That said, it would be the first thing I'd ever made without someone looking over my shoulder, so if there is a way to screw it up, I'll probably find it. #2, Would it be a terrible idea to get regular steel washers the same ID as the right hand thrust washer and just stack them until they are the right thickness? I don't know if the thrust washer is meant to be a sacrificial part to save the lead screw, and I certainly don't want to risk damage to the lead screw. If turning it is a bad idea, and stacking washers is also a bad idea, I can just buy one, but... I've got a lathe now! I want to make parts. Also, 20$ for a washer just feels like a lot to pay for a washer if there are other good options. The next broken part I found when I took the apron off to look behind it. The cross feed power feed gear, ( part 9-102-24) has two adjacent broken teeth. The questions about this part are: #1, Is there a problem with leaving this broken if I don't use the cross feed power feed? Not permanently, but I'm wondering if there is any reason I can't use the lathe aside from that cross feed power feed with this part broken. #2, Looking at the gear, I'm unclear on how this gear is held on. This makes me unclear on how I would replace it if I did get a new one. Any experience on changing out this gear would be appreciated. #3 I assume making gears is a complex process, and cutting square holes in the center of said gears also a complex procedure. With that in mind, is that even a reasonable thing to take a crack at? I can get the gear for about 40$ online. Last, or at least last that I've found so far, the reverse spin on the motor wont spin up on its own. I suspected this motor has a starter capacitor and it seems to, because when I give the chuck a little push it starts up. Is replacing what I assume to be a start up capacitor something an end user can do? I am not concerned with safely handling a capacitor (I mean, depending on size they are dangerous but I know how to handle them). I'm just wondering if anyone else has has to replace theirs and if so, do you recall what the capacitor part number was, and where you got it? And of course, how involved was it to replace? And beyond all those questions, now that you know I paid too much for a lathe owned by someone who was clearly pretty rough with it and especially hard on the power feed, what else should I be looking at to see if anything else is broken? Visually I don't see anything else that looks broken, but I'm not sure I'd be able to tell if the ways were screwed up (cant see anything wrong).