Our South Bend Model A Lathe was rather stiff when we started working with it but we have been cleaning it up a lot since then. Now it is running very smoothly by hand – we still do not have it under power yet.
WD-40 has been a great cleaning agent. It cuts through old dried up oil really well. There was a slight bit of rust on the ways, so we used some steel wool and very fine-grit sandpaper (400 grit) to clean them up.
Basically it boils down to a lot of time and “elbow grease”. Thanks to Ezra, it is looking a lot nicer now.
That is all for now!