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Democritus

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This might seem trivial, so don’t laugh, but it’s driving me mad. I have an Axminster 1628vs lathe, which is generally ok, but the handle on the headstock by which the spindle can be turned manually always leaves black staining on my hand when I use it. To avoid marking wood on the lathe, I am having to put gloves on every time I want to turn the spindle, say, while indexing. What is it about the metal it’s made of that causes it, and can I do anything about it?
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Dee J

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Sounds like it's just plain aluminium. Have the same problem with ladders etc. Paint, varnish, whatever. I think anodising could work too... Or just wrap it in pvc tape. Or turn a replacement in a different material.
 

Democritus

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Cheers, guys.
Much appreciate your help. For a while thought it was just me, I think I’ll tape it or put shrink tube on it.
You’d think Axminster would have known about it, and done something to put it right. Or maybe not....
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I wonder if microcrystaline wax would do it - it gets used in metal restoration.
 
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