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    Metal Lathe - Thoughts?

    Wanted a metal work lathe for ever - finally got the cash to get one
    I used one a fair bit at school in younger years, so and a little familiar.
    Basic want is to fix small shit for work, and fuck around on.
    Anyone tried these sort of jobbies?
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L160

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    I was planning on these as team for my workshop, one day...

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    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L689#
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    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M650#


    I think they were recommend elsewhere here.

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    I have the one smaller than this, great little machine but I find the limit of its capacity fairly quickly. If you have the budget the next size up with the 26mm spindle bore would be much better all round as you can get inch round bar through the spindle. also get a quick change tool post, they make changing tools during the job a no brainer

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    sweet- basically next model up from what I looked at.
    It seems a bit more rugged in the build.
    I will go and look at both in a warehouse tomorrow and make the decision - stand by

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    When I got mine, I looked at the stand and decided to make my own, they are far too low for me and as dear as poison...spend the money on tooling instead. As an aside, high speed steel is much better than cheap insert tooling.

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    Get the biggest you can afford and then some.

    Having power feeds on both axisis is benificial imo.

    Have a look on gumtree for second hand stuff most times it will come with some extra tooling

    I have been buying my stuff from Frank at hare and forbes in Perth gives me a decent enough discount.

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    If nothing else buy one good quality TCI parting bar, and an insert in a half ok left and right hand insert holders.
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    If your planing to drive this on the road and enjoy it, id suggest a second opinion, someone with a history in Australian Rally or Fink River . If your just playing dyno comps. Then ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faedy View Post
    Wanted a metal work lathe for ever - finally got the cash to get one
    I used one a fair bit at school in younger years, so and a little familiar.
    Basic want is to fix small shit for work, and fuck around on.
    Anyone tried these sort of jobbies?
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L160
    Cute little lathe. Does it come in Mens?
    "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?" "Whats that?" "A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

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    Quote Originally Posted by to4garret View Post
    I was planning on these as team for my workshop, one day...

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    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L689#
    Mill
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M650#


    I think they were recommend elsewhere here.

    I have both of these. For mucking around at home making small parts they're great.

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    Most of the home workshop type lathes are limited mostly by the chuck size and more so the spindle bore. At 20mm, it's really shit.
    Mine is 35 or 40mm and it's not enough at times.

    You really are better off waiting for a good used one to pop up, you'll get much more for your money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gammaboy View Post
    Cute little lathe. Does it come in Mens?
    you come in men

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadsailing View Post
    you come in men
    Your mum does!
    "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?" "Whats that?" "A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

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    Have to agree with Morcs & uuheels, get the biggest you can afford.

    Mine is 40mm bore, 1m bed, at times I wish it were bigger, more swing over the bed in particular.

    I have an HM 50 mill, good because I can fit 6 cyl head & block.

    Equally if not more important, imo, is tooling.

    Can cost as much as the machine itself to do properly, hence worth looking around for 2nd hand stuff.

    Few guys out my way have bought from yard sales, farms going out of business etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by to4garret View Post
    I was planning on these as team for my workshop, one day...

    Lathe
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L689#
    Mill
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M650#


    I think they were recommend elsewhere here.
    These are what i have

    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L564E

    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M126D

    With all things chinese you need to finish and clean things up and replace most screws and bolts with decent quailty stuff.

    Ie ways and gibs have been disassembled cleaned,stoned/honed deburred lubricated and reassembled.

    I want a bigger solid milling machine with a knodding head as have had to square up column with a couple of shims.

    Especially running a face mill everything shakes yes i have chemset it into the floor.

    And something that has a bit more spindle speed and power feed on the quill. ( for boring aplications)

    I am keeping an eye on gumtree but my shed is running out of room fast so has to be put on the back burner a little while longer.

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    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L149
    Bought this to start with.
    Will learn a bit and see how I go
    Got it from Hare and Forbes in Perth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faedy View Post
    Wanted a metal work lathe for ever - finally got the cash to get one
    I used one a fair bit at school in younger years, so and a little familiar.
    Basic want is to fix small shit for work, and fuck around on.
    Anyone tried these sort of jobbies?
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L160
    I've got a small lathe like this. The small bore and small chuck are frustrating, get the biggest of both that you can afford.

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    I've got a 6 1/2" chuck on my lathe - often find myself wishing for bigger. Mind you, a set of reverse jaws would fix some of that.
    "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?" "Whats that?" "A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

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    Gotta learn how to thread stuff on this thing now. Are YouTube vids any good to learn this?

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    Have you got a copy of this?

    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L341
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    Nope.
    Will order now. Cheers

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    If you're threading at a 100rpm, that's going to be a challenge - or at least scary!

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    For threading you would prefer something with a back gear, or something that has a flange mount or cam mount chuck, threaded on chucks can't be run backwards easily. For high-speed or very coarse threads, flip the threading tool upside down, run the lathe in reverse and thread AWAY from the shoulder/chuck. You'll need to adjust tool height carefully but you can cut right-hand threads while traveling the "wrong" direction. Or, don't be a pussy and earn that scar in your face from the carbide tool exploding when it hits the shoulder at high speed.

    Also learn how to replace the headstock gears when you have it turning eleventybillion ripums and crash the saddle into the chuck because you're a numpty and forgot to rotate the chuck through to check your setup before powering the machine when using that super-cool carbide multi-cutter threading tool you scored out of the trash bin for the first time.

    Both will happen at some point in your machine tool adventures-always better to break the machine than have the machine remove bits of you. Machine tool parts are relatively cheap, but replacement fingers are expensive, aftermarket body parts are abhorrently expensive and hard to come by, and for some reason people get kinda pissed when you try to install them yourself.

    Back to the machine-I learned to machine with one very, very similar to the one you posted up. We had a second set of primary reduction pullies that we could swap on to cut the speed down for threading, since that one doesn't have a back gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xnke View Post
    For high-speed or very coarse threads, flip the threading tool upside down, run the lathe in reverse and thread AWAY from the shoulder/chuck. You'll need to adjust tool height carefully but you can cut right-hand threads while traveling the "wrong" direction.
    Fuck, that's genius. Perfect for thread cutting in close to a shoulder too.
    "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?" "Whats that?" "A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

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