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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 Stihls are for selling, huskies do the work

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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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    Homemade Pinnacle OPE Member

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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 Stihls are for selling, huskies do the work

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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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    Lathes are similar to chainsaws. Once you start by purchasing one you just gotta have more. I have three working metal lathes and a fourth small collector piece that is small enough to be a wall hanger. I am an old retired machinist and have a small machine shop in the back yard to play in.

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    9x24 South Bend made in 1907. Was my Dad's, I hauled it from the Georgia Coast all the way up here to Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

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    Two Jets, a 13x36 belt drive foreground, a 14x40 gear head Jet with Enco badge background.

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    "Smoking" Nothing smells better in a Machine Shop than hot cutting oil.

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    A couple of mills in the shop also, 10x54 Jet below:

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    Opening up a M700 for longer cartridges

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    srcarr52 We can't stop here, th1s is bat country!

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    Jet 13x40 gear head lathe. This picture is when I was moving in the mill, so everything is pretty clean and open.

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    Milltronics Partner 00 CNC knee mill. Here I was fitting the mill with the aluminum back splash to keep the chips more contained.

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    I'm not very tidy but I have stuff .Pictures of the Monarch 10EE,a Bridgeport model M milling machine and an old Bowes and Emmes circa 1920 20 by 48 lathe .The later I think turned cannon barrels for the cival war,it's old and heavy and noisey .
     

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    I’ve noticed that. Once you get past 10x36 range, the price doesn’t climb as fast as the size grows. Until you get into Cnc capable or digital read out. Same with three phase. That too drives the homeowner market away because they don’t want to mess with a freq drive or phase converter.

    I’m still on the hunt for one and building my budget. Of course it probable won’t be for a year until I get out of this city *s-word box of a house and into a house with a garage/shop.
     
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    I have a n old jet 13x40 it is one of the origonal grey ones..it came out of a tec collage and was not hardly used...it's a pretty accurate machine for my use..but in general the older the better...
     
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    NICE!
     
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