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Old 04-02-2013, 08:22 PM
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Welp, I have a start to the "new to me" lathe. The concrete pad was poured yesterday and the forms are off today. The pad is 6' wide and the depth is 60" out from the wall. Should have plenty of room for the lathe and for me to stand while working. To the right of the pad I am building a cabinet with doors and shelves to store chucks, tooling and such.

Still have to run and outlet box for the power to the lathe and for lighting. The lathe has a 1 hp motor so a 20 amp circuit should do the job. The light is planned to be a 2 or 4 tube fluorescent.

I did go check and the lathe has a 5 MT at the head and a 3 MT at the tail stock. It comes with an Aloris tool post with several tool post inserts for turning, boring, cutoff, etc.

There is a milling attachment that I can get for an additional $150. Thinking that is a good price after seeing them for twice or more on Ebay. I plan to wait 10 days before setting the lathe on the pad to let the concrete get cured to support the weight of the lathe. The lathe has add on rubber adjustable pads so leveling should be fairly simple.

There will be pics of the move as well as the setting at it's new home. The current owner has a cherry picker he used to get it inot his shop so it opught to work fine for getting it out of his shop. I will use the loader on my Farmall M to pick it off the flatbed trailer and set it in the machine shed.

I am damned excited about getting the new lathe up and running!!!! I finished reading the How to Operate a Lathe book from South Bend, that Cutter recomended, and the current owner gave me a Lathe Operation book from Atlas. I have read about half of it so far. There sure is a lot of stuff to get sunk into my brain on lathe operation.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:53 PM
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Good for you a guy like you is going to love having a lathe. One thing I found out about running a lathe it will teach you how not to run it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:02 PM
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Good for you a guy like you is going to love having a lathe. One thing I found out about running a lathe it will teach you how not to run it.
I do plan to avoid the "how not to run it" event, by I do think it will happen sooner or later anyway. Hopefully, it will not be an expensive event.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:55 PM
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I am damned excited about getting the new lathe up and running!!!!
I know that exact same feeling.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:07 PM
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I do plan to avoid the "not to run it" event, by I do think it will happen sooner or later anyway. Hopefully, it will not be an expensive event.
I've learned to embrace them as educational opportunities. It's easier than avoiding them, and you're already going into it prepared to learn. I've never had one of my lathes bomb/wreck/crash without giving me some warning. Either a vibration, a noise, or just not doing what it's supposed to...you never forget it after that event
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You haven't learned to run a lathe til you've crashed it. Just hope it doesn't damage much, other than ruining your shorts.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:12 AM
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Welp, I have a start to the "new to me" lathe.
Milo, have I missed another thread on/about this new to you lathe?
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:32 AM
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Those things will usually tell you what is coming but by then it is too late. I am fortunate to have learned on a lathe with a brake. The brake saves a whole mess of dodge balls. Watching with interest! Mike
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:35 AM
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Chris, a new lathe is like a baby, you are constantly pleased at each new trick it can do.
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Chris, before you set the lathe, insulate the stud bays, then cover the insulation with plywood or OSB. Might save you some hassle later on.
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