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Ask Dan: Big Tools Questions

Dan’s been around a while, so this ain’t his first rodeo.
He’s worked at Summit for nearly 20 years and is now our resident Technical Manager. He knows all there is to know about horizontal and vertical boring mills, which makes him our “Big Tools Expert.” Give Dan a shout for your mechanical question. We’re betting you can’t stump him.

Can the turret be put on other side of slide
We have a power turret on our Smart Cut CNC lathe and for some reason it is on the operator side, like a manual turret would be. All the CNC machines I use the turret is on the back side, so it lets the operator see what’s going on. I think I just need to […] Read More


the worn gear block on axis is worn
There are three ways- one goes toward the chuck, the other goes in toward center of chuck. This block that goes on the worm gear has movement. Could the block be bad? If you grab the axis and try to move it by hand, it moves. Can you buy this block separate? Read More


bad engagement on feed box
The detent on the mm/1″ feed selector (Section A in the manual breakdown of feedbox) is way off position and doesnt feel right. Its also not locking in the leadscrew consistantly. The roll pin holding the handle on is no longer in a horizontal position, more verticle and and detents are not hitting intended positions. […] Read More


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