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Just bought my first lathe. Who else has one?


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#1 Dane in PA OFFLINE  

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Posted September 07, 2016 - 10:37 AM

I just got my first lathe in the mail yesterday.  It's a cute little guy.   :smilewink: 

I went to school for musical instrument repair, so a small lathe of this stature will certainly be handy, but especially so, due to the movable head-stock.

It also has the ability to become a mill and drill press.  

I really look forward to amassing more tools and doing more projects on this rig!  Already started using it to true/straighten hinge rods on an Alto Saxophone.  

So, who else has a lathe?  No matter the size!

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Posted September 07, 2016 - 10:42 AM

I have 6 metal working lathes but none are usable at this time. They range from a 6" x 18" Atlas to a 24" x 96" Reed. The two huge ones take up way too much room and I'm thinking of parting with them. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 10:45 AM

i had a 6 inch unimat with milling attachment, sold it and wish i didnt.those are good lathes, parts are expensive but you get what you pay for.hold on to it 


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 10:48 AM

I have 6 metal working lathes but none are usable at this time. They range from a 6" x 18" Atlas to a 24" x 96" Reed. The two huge ones take up way too much room and I'm thinking of parting with them. Good Luck, Rick

 

Next on my list, if I don't buy more Unimats, is going to likely be one of the modern bench-top lathes --similar to the ones I had at school.

 

i had a 6 inch unimat with milling attachment, sold it and wish i didnt.those are good lathes, parts are expensive but you get what you pay for.hold on to it 

 

I'm already shopping around for bits and pieces.  First additions will likely be a foot-pedal and a quick-change tool holder.  I hate shimming bits.  

I've never played with a mill before, so I need to buy some cheap bits and play around. 

Already have a set of new belts on order...  It's been three business days since I placed the order, and it "just" now has been "completed" and I'm doubting that means shipped, as I haven't gotten a tracking number.  


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 11:06 AM

I sold my lathe a few years back. South Bend 9 model, date code was from 1943. Neat machine, too much for me though, ended up selling it to a collector.


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Just put one on my trailer this morning, all 4,100 pounds of it.

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Posted September 07, 2016 - 11:27 AM

I just got my first lathe in the mail yesterday.  It's a cute little guy.   :smilewink: 

I went to school for musical instrument repair, so a small lathe of this stature will certainly be handy . . .

There was a guy in my area who was making custom electric guitars from scratch, including all the metal parts, tuning pegs, etc. Some of his customers were rock stars. That lathe would work for stuff like that.


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 12:25 PM

I have never operated a lathe that small. The largest lathe I operated would swing 75"  and about 30' between centers. I have also operated one with a 90' bed and was used for trepanning a mill roll.



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Posted September 07, 2016 - 01:37 PM

Now THAT is a small one. I would need eye-wear just to SEE the work on that one. Belts?  Must be little tiny things?  Round?  Would have thought all gear drive on most of a machine like that. What do I know. Haven't run a lathe since High School myself, and that was only playing on one project! 1973!


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 01:41 PM

I have an old South Bend 10"   Like me it's old and worn but I enjoy turning bushing and shafts and making things for friends.I'am sure you will have hours of fun with it.


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 01:44 PM

I have a Smithy Granite 1324, While it hasn't been totally trouble free it has done a lot of work for me and was purchased used. 

 

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Posted September 07, 2016 - 02:00 PM

Now THAT is a small one. I would need eye-wear just to SEE the work on that one. Belts?  Must be little tiny things?  Round?  Would have thought all gear drive on most of a machine like that. What do I know. Haven't run a lathe since High School myself, and that was only playing on one project! 1973!

 

She is a wee little doll.  Hahah!

It actually uses O-rings as belts.  I have two new poly ones on their way now.  Can't wait to get them, as the old ones are most certainly worn and stretched!



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Posted September 07, 2016 - 04:29 PM

I have a Smithy Granite 1324, While it hasn't been totally trouble free it has done a lot of work for me and was purchased used. 

 

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That makes mine look like a Granny Smith!!!   :worshippy1:          I used to like you!      :D         Rick    


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 06:24 PM

I have an old South Bend 10" x 42" metal lathe.  Paid for itself many times over!


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Posted September 07, 2016 - 08:51 PM

I just got my first lathe in the mail yesterday.  It's a cute little guy.   :smilewink: 

I went to school for musical instrument repair, so a small lathe of this stature will certainly be handy, but especially so, due to the movable head-stock.

 

 

Thats not something you hear of everyday. I do hope you share some of those projects. Great lathe too!


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