Table Locks 1220 LTD
I recently bought a 1220 LTD and I am still learning a lot. I am tryig to mill a piece of steel and the tablewill move during the milling proccess. I have the speeds  set pretty slow but it wont track in a straight line. If I use the X cross feed the Y will move and vise versa. I cant find a lock for either table feed and there is no  mention of one in the manual. What am I doing wrong?
Answer: The table locks are located in the middle of the gib adjustment screws, the gib screws have lock/jam nuts and the screws in the middle are Allen head  screws recessed in the hole. Thanks
Midas Lathe to Mill Operation
How do I change from Lathe to Mill on my Midas 1220 XL machines?
Answer: Both the lathe and the mill are driven by the pulleys. The last or upper pulley comes with the clutch. Pushing it in the mill will engage and pull it out the  lathe is engage. (Need to rotate the black plastic until you feel the lock is engage.)
Midas Nose Quill
How do change the nose quill on the Midas machine
Answer: It’s all handled with pulleys and belts change the belt status to change the speed.
Subject: Midas XL table
How to tighten the table at Midas XL machine?
  • The table lock for longitudinal table can found at the side of the carriage table. 
  • In the cross feed you have to tighten the sets screw in between the gibs adjustment screw.
Subject: E gear
How do use the option E gear at Midas machines?
Answer: E gear has a couple of functions on the 1220 or 1220 XL E gear is use to reverse the direction of the lead screw. But not the spindle direction the lead screw moves in relation with the spindle. You can use it do threading and to run any gear combination. When the gear is too small or the combination doesn’t much E gear will help to mesh the gear together. It bridges the gap and doesn’t change the ratio but reverse the rotation of the lead screw. Cutting of right hand thread need to use gear.
Midas Tailstock Chuck and Arbor
How do I remove the chuck and arbor at the tales stock? I forgot to put the thread on it.
Answer: Normally, after you use the chuck you just reverse the narrow then the chuck pop out. Tale stock and Quill has the same taper. If you forgot to put the  screw (to eject easily) in the chuck and it will be difficult to eject it at the tailstock you could only punch the arbor out to take the chuck out.
All of Midas machine are that way.
Cutting Treads
How do I set my machine to a regular position in cutting threads?
Answer: The machine initial comes with the slowest speed or gear set up. It shows on the first row of the chart. Slowest gear need to show the small gear to a  big gear set up.
Chuck removal
How do I remove the lathe chuck on my machine? (Midas 1220 series)
Answer: There are three volts that run on the back plate of the chuck. Back the 3 bolts out on the chuck and it’s a good idea to have a piece of wood across the waste in case it slips to protect the waste of the bed.
Mill head Not tightening
There are two things that can keep it from locking tight.
  1. On the left side of the mill head casting there is a large vertical grove. When the lock is tightened, it pulls the casting together. If there is any debris in that  grove, it can keep it from coming together properly. You should be able to look into the grove and see the mill head column. If you can not see it, use something  to clean out the area.
  2. The most common cause of the mill head not locking is the heavy grease the factory puts on the mill column during assembly. It is thick and very slippery. It  can cause a film on the column and not allow enough friction to lock it into place. Raise the mill head up, leave it unlocked and spray a solvent such as WD40  into the grove on the side of the mill head casting while you rotate the head. This will wash out the excess grease. Wipe the exposed areas of the column and  then lubricate with a thin coating of oil.
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