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Anayak "Exacto" Vertical Mill Rebuild, Part 10:
To make disassembly easier, I used the 'spider' from an automotive engine stand, clamped in my
welding-table vise, to hold the head. Made it quite handy and easy to reach almost all the parts.
One of the first things I found was that the top belt groove of the drive pulley was, for some reason,
missing the outer flange. Possibly part of the same damage that broke the belt-housing, as shown earlier.
Also as noted earlier, the back gear engagement lever had been broken off.
Fortunately the lever was still with the machine, but I'll have to make a new shaft.
Overall disassembly was fairly easy, and I was relieved to find very little additional wear or damage.
The last bit of damage I came across, was this sheared key in the downfeed clutch mechanism. An easy fix.
All the bearings and seals looked good, and should work just fine with just a careful cleaning and some fresh grease.
For the housing pieces that are destined to be painted, I also removed the various metal tags and ID plates.
And there she is. Almost fully disassembled, ready for a good, thorough cleaning.
One tip: As I have no assembly manual for this machine, I took a great deal of digital
photos as I was taking it apart. It's complex enough, with enough pins, springs and detent
balls, that having done so will be a huge help when it comes time to reassemble.
On to the cleaning and painting!
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