The old site search from Google needs to be updated. Use the Search at the Upper Right, or use What's New in the center - it has a drop down arrow. You will need to change your Favorits by right click mouse and clicking favorites. Many of the posts in How to Use This Web Site are old so the links may or may not work. I have one hell of a lot of work to do!
Well today while waiting for a customer to front up I had a play with setting up the tool post. With all the great advise offered I mounted the parting off tool as close to the tool post as possible, reset the height by 2 different methods, aligning the cutting edge with the live centre but also using the cutting edge and the metal rule against the work. I could not believe that the check made using the metal rule confirmed my setting with the live centre so I was happy with that. Time to give it a run and the difference is simply amazing, No digging in at all and no worries about a slow but constant winding in of the cross slide to part the material off.
Thank you to every one who made suggestions that has been great advise and hopefully I can retain it. This now makes it safer to use and more enjoyable than before.
I use the AXA size tool holders on my small lathe that use 1/2 inch tall cutoff blades. I've used the T shaped blades on larger machines as they are relieved below the cutting edge and are virtually bind proof due to that feature. They also have a concave top surface that helps hold the blade on center.
I finally found them for the AXA size holder and they work exceedingly well with no side to side drift tendency. They're available in several widths too. *Be sure to calculate a shim thickness to hold the blade upright in your tool holder. I just built up thicknesses of paper and sandwiched them between the lower part of tool side and the holder.
Not totally cheap but man do they work. I bought two, and with freight it was about $48. Definitely worth the buy and you'll love them. You can crank them in sooo fast and they build a proper spiral chip. Lots of lube of course. Home page: https://www.icscuttingtools.com/