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What lathe to buy

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Unread 03-11-2010, 07:18 PM
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Impressive, effective and simple although coming up with the idea was pretty smart. Thanks for responding and once again great pic.
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Unread 03-23-2010, 08:42 PM
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I am NOT being a wisenheimer...but YOU are darn great!

You obviously have special smithing and machining talents coupled with truckloads of knowledge and imagination.

And to top all of this off, you have exacting skills in photography.

I wish to thank you for taking the time to share what you have to offer.

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Unread 06-08-2010, 04:39 AM
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Fitch.... thank you. im looking into lathes at the moment and just found this page. Had to bookmark it since it has so many key points. thank you so much for taking the time, you have answered so many key questions i had. if there is any more knowledge you have to impart I would greatly appreciate it, as i know others would too.
cheers mate
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Unread 06-08-2010, 06:15 AM
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Thanks guys. And your welcome.

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Unread 12-27-2010, 03:37 PM
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I got impatient with the long time frame with gunsmithing and jumped right in and bought a cheap Grizzly lathe-with little or no machining skills. This bug bit me hard, and I could not get enough. I purchased a 12-36 benchtop machine and learned as I went. Tried chambering out on the bed with steady rest and soon went to chamber through headstock. If you use this method, you may not be able to stick barrel out back end of spindle to use a cat head support(four set screws in very end of spindle to act like 4 jaw chuck). Also through headstock method works best if you have your lathe trued up-which can be a nightmare-dont listen to the manuals and turn a bar at each end and measure each diameter- hrs and hrs of frustration-use centering indicator indicated in your chuck and run around 60deg center-left and right is adj. with set screws-up and down-a machine shop to grind your tailstock plate-mine was 2 and 7tenths high. I could go on and on but to answer your question--here goes- I got rid of my Grizzly for several reasons. One was it had an oddball spindle thread-hard to buy a good 6 jaw chuck. Also it chattered. A real nightmare when reaming a chamber. Machine was light-chattered in backgear-chatter is something to avoid. Lastly-my spindle bore was less than 1"1/2 and started chambering 1.5" barrels. Ended up with 14-40 Nardini. Has common chuck mount(most machines do)with big enough hole through headstock. If you chamber between centers out on bed, dont need a bigger machine or spindle-but through headstock is rigid setup and if you true your tailstock will produce good chambers. I think a 14-40 machine with single phase (any bigger and comes 3 phase) with 1"9/16 spindle hole is ideal. A 15-50 machine is better yet but much costlier and 3 phase. Heavier the machine, generally the more rigidity.
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Unread 12-27-2010, 07:00 PM
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Where did u get it from. And how much
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Unread 12-28-2010, 01:55 PM
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I just purchashed Grizzlys medium size gunsmith lathe a 14" x 40" model number G0709, I have not hooked it up yet but have looked it over pretty good seems to be decent for the price. I talked with lots of people before I purchased and most said if you could find a mint european lathe that would be the way to go the big thing is finding one in good shape also most are 3phase so you need a convertor. They also said for the home hobbyist it is probaly better to buy a new lathe that has not been abused. thanks
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