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Old 01-14-2018, 07:21 PM
Rmoore Rmoore is offline
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Default Gorton P1-2

I am new to engraving and I need some help.

I ordered a P1-2 pantograph and when it was delivered it was beat up by the shipper. I am still trying to get it to work. Right now I have a spindle that is binding when you try to raise and lower it with the handle on the spindle. The spindle runs fine with no bearing noise. I have used liquid wrench to try to free the up and down movement thinking that maybe old oil may have it stuck, and finally got it to move but you have to pry it. Still very hard to move.

Does anyone have a spindle for sale or know of someone that might rebuild one?

Also I ordered some brass letters and numbers (copy?) that were supposed to fit the Gorton but the were 1 1/8" instead of 1 1/4". How do I get then to work with the 1/8" gap on the copy table?

I never have run one of these machines or even seen it done, so any help will be appreciated.

Bob Moore
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:40 PM
MoldyJim MoldyJim is offline
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Default Re: Gorton P1-2

What about filing bevels onto the edges of piece of 3/32 brass strip to fit the dove tail on the table and the edge of the lettering?
A parallelogram shape, file it to a slip fit and glue it in place.
Otherwise, double stick tape can do wonders for holding things down.
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Old 05-05-2018, 10:49 PM
preachinpilot preachinpilot is offline
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Default Re: Gorton P1-2

So on the P1-2 and P1-3 there are two allen screws that adjust the amount of closure around the spindle. You have one hole for a hex head that secures the spindle housing, there is another large hole for a thumb screw that locks the spindle in the housing for use with a profile block. There are two hex head screws that push on one side of the housing. Loosen the large hex head turn the the top and bottom screws in and tighten the large one. Check for play and adjust the screws until the spindle is free to move up and down but has no play.
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