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  1. Homemade

    Homemade Pinnacle OPE Member

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    What do you guys use in you home shops for general machining. I’m thinking I would like to invest in one, just looking for the right size.
     
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    dustinwilt68 Destroyer Of Crankshafts

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    Check out Grizzly, I will warn you to stay away from northern tool, they lie, held my $ for over 2 weeks when I asked for refund after they said lathe was in stock and the wanted me to wait 4 months.
     
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    Hard to beat a good old Heavy 10 or Clausing. If your patient you can find them cheap. My current South Bend 9c only cost me $20.00.
     
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    What sizes are you running? My dad was a tool and die maker for 30+ years and the last 10 or so he ran a Cnc lathe. I’m not sure if the size, maybe 24x 60”. It was big. I believe it had a 30hp motor.

    Anyways. I don’t need digital read out, just something I can turn to make a part or turn some threads. I’m way happy for some old iron that isn’t totally slopped out. Just need a sizeish recommendation.
     
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    dustinwilt68 Destroyer Of Crankshafts

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    Most guys bring a 10", I got a 11x 26 because the 10"x22 was out of stock at the time.
     
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    South Bend heavy 10 is the F350 of the lathe world. Anything in great shape is tough to find affordable ....just like an F350...
     
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    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    My boss found a Southbend Turnado dirt cheap a few years ago. Being old and 3 phase made it easy to get.

    And what about this big dog?
     
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    If you look around ,Craigslist etc . you might find a Southbend or Atlas for a decent price .
    As luck would have it I have a Monarch 10" EE .Had it not have been cheap I wouldn't have bought it because these are some of the finest toolmakers lathes ever built and bring a premium price .Having said that it's not necessary to have something like this to do saw work .
    The thing to keep in mind with an Atlas or Southbend is the fact repair parts are readily available because they made many of them .
     
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    I use a 9 x 20 from Enco.

    It took some work to even be a usable machine. But.....for 1100.00 it was a bargain. With good chucks and tooling, it does a fine job.
     
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    Termitebuffet Home of the corn can muffler .....

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    I've got this lathe twin in jet brand....mine had a vfd added when I bought it ....

    Sawhawgz, ruining the internet since 2012...
     
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    If you have the space and means to handle/transport it, a used larger lathes can usually be found cheaper. Everyone wants the benchtop Myfords, South Bends and Atlas lathes which drives up the price.
     
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