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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flatford39, Jul 5, 2021.

  1. 1962 dodge lancer
    Joined: Feb 26, 2013
    Posts: 32

    1962 dodge lancer
    Member
    from joliet, il

    Resized_20200925_134720.jpg this is my craftsman - atlas 6" lathe i have made many automotive pieces and parts for my 1939 plymouth and 1962 dodge lancer , it does every thing well for me. the 1962 lancer is for sale.
     
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  2. When I was looking for a lathe and still hoping on finding an affordable used one, I looked at one similar to that. Price was reasonable, but it would have taken a 4WD forklift with a suspension to get it out of where it was. Plus it was in the boonies, so the delivery/rental/pick-up charges of a suitable forklift was more than the cost of the lathe...

    And before you turn up your nose at an import lathe, talk to actual owners. I did; a local voc-tech school used them and the instructor said they worked fine and stood up to the abuse they got from the students. As did the machinists at the local AFB who had both and said for the money they were a great value. If you're worried about parts, check out Grizzly. They carry parts for everything they sell.
     
  3. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 5,073

    Boneyard51
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    11097FB5-6261-417E-BD16-0DD5A2A2DCC4.jpeg I’ve got three lathes, small Atlas, 12 inch Clausing with matching mill, and a 19 inch LeBlond with an 84 inch bed. Used to make a living at machine work..... many moons ago. A lot of good info on this thread. Also never wear rings while operating and machinery.






    Bones
     
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  4. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 727

    cfmvw
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    The Gingery Lathe I built, been using it for over 25 years! PXL_20210706_204355453.jpg
     
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  5. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800

    flatford39
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    Well guys I truly appreciate all the advice and I did buy the one I was talking about. I pick it up next week after I make room in my shop for it. Thanks again for all the help. Keep posting pics of your lathes and any advice as I find it very interesting.
     
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  6. mr.chevrolet
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 7,682

    mr.chevrolet
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    I have a SB 9" for sale in the classifieds
     

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  7. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,892

    MeanGene427
    Member
    from Napa

    That South Bend book is what the DVD I mentioned was based on- I have both, and recommend getting both. The DVD has the advantage of a picture is worth a thousand words
     
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  8. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
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    saltflats
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    from Missouri

    I have one of those NAR8 South Bend's.
     
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  9. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800

    flatford39
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    I check the classifieds daily and never saw it. What category is it in??
     
  10. Here is the size I recommend. I bought one of these ubiquitous 12x36 Chinese lathes from a trade school that was dumping a dozen or so of them. These are reasonably priced and you find them all over the place and have a lot of desirable features. Got mine for a couple $hundred as I recall. Being a school unit it had suffered some abuse so I had to do several repairs - broken gears, worn bushings, that kind of stuff. Once I got it repaired it has served me well. I really enjoy using it and for the part time hobbyist, is a great value.

    This design had been around forever and I believe the maker is Acra tools. Jet, Grizzly, Harbor Freight, and a bunch of others have sold them over the years. Mine is an Acra brand but I bought all my spare parts from Harbor Freight. All interchangeable. I don't think HF sells them any longer and they are possibly becoming obsolete? Here are a few folks who still show this model for sale. I recognize it by the two gear shift levers on the lower left had corner.

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    Grizzly
    https://www.grizzly.com/products/grizzly-12-x-36-gear-head-cam-lock-spindle-lathe/g4003

    King Canada
    https://www.kingcanada.com/en/produ...lathes/kc-1236ml-12-x-36-gearhead-metal-lathe

    Penn Tool
    https://www.penntoolco.com/birmingh...-bed-precision-engine-bench-lathe-ycl-1236gh/

    Jet
    They appear to have the next generation of the basic Acra lathe. Lots of similarities to mine, the biggest change is the knob gear shifts instead of my manual shift levers.
    https://www.jettools.com/us/en/p/gh...the-in-jet-metalworking-turning-lathes/321236
     
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  11. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
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    Budget36
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    Good deal, what brand did you get and what came with it?
     
  12. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    DDDenny
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    from oregon

    Been there done that!
     
  13. A23
    Joined: May 15, 2010
    Posts: 120

    A23
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    from Hollywood

    I've been using this old dog. Haven't spun anything other than aluminum on it though... my skills are beginner level.

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  14. Almost identical to the HF one I bought. There has been detail differences over the years, and the price has tripled! The only real change I see is mine has a gap bed so I can swing a couple more inches than 12" if I use the faceplate and the item isn't 'tall'. The one thing that really sucked was the included 'cabinet' stand, it's made for short people and killed my back. I built a new cabinet/base that raised it up about 5", made all the difference....

    HF ditched all their bigger metalworking stuff because they didn't want to deal with the repair parts issues.

    And I see Grizzly has bought up the South Bend name...
     
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  15. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,892

    MeanGene427
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    from Napa

  16. MeanGene427
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    MeanGene427
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    from Napa

  17. MeanGene427
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    MeanGene427
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    from Napa

  18. 36and63
    Joined: Mar 21, 2017
    Posts: 26

    36and63
    Member
    from Wisconsin

    Atlas TH 42 10” X 24” I just bought after looking at many new and used options the past few months - The guy I bought it from hardly used it. It came with a lot of tools and drawbar with collet set all for 700.00. I can't imagine my shop without it now. IMG_3654.jpg
     
  19. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800

    flatford39
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    Atlas Craftsman made in the 60's
     
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  20. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
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    MeanGene427
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    from Napa

  21. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
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    MeanGene427
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    from Napa

    I have a neat little toy that I need to rig up a motor on- Google results are scarce. A "Rockford Hand Miller"
     
  22. Mine has the gap bed too. I'm thinking the used market is the place to look for one of these. So many of them got sold.
     
  23. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 2,719

    rusty valley
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    @MeanGene427 , those are great photos, I love that big stuff, and machine marvels. I have about a 4' 4 jaw chuck here just for entertainment, would make a nice table or rolling can crusher...anyone need it ?
     
  24. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 6,984

    Budget36
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    That’s one of those things you can use as yard art, and if someone walks off with, well, let’s just say you wouldn’t want to confront them!
     
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  25. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,664

    deathrowdave
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    from NKy

    We had auto 14 ft LaBlond Regal in our machine shop . The shop made many valve stems , pump shafts . When Duke decided it was cheaper to buy new , instead of rebuilding , the equipment and closed the shop , I saw the Millrights take two fork lifts raise the lathe up about 6 ft high and tip it to the pavement breaking it into pieces . My question was, “why?” My Boss told me “ we don’t pay you to be smart , just for a weak mind and strong back ! “
     
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  26. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,567

    Ebbsspeed
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    Rule number XX: Keep the ways lubricated.

    Rule Number XXI: After you turn that bushing or pin DO NOT use sandpaper, emery cloth, or any other abrasive to polish the piece in the lathe. The abrasive will get on the ways and wear them.
     
  27. Paulz
    Joined: Dec 30, 2018
    Posts: 62

    Paulz
    Member

    And never stick your finger into a small hole with sandpaper to polish the inside. If it grabs, it'll twist your finger off right now.
     
  28. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 665

    coilover
    Member
    from Texas

    Have three for use in auto restoration and street rod shop. Atlas 6", Monarch 16" with flat belts. and a Reed-Prentiss with a six foot bed and 14" swing. Each is set up for different jobs so saves on set up time. Still looking for a Rockwell with infinite speed control and maybe a gap bed machine.
     
  29. akoutlaw
    Joined: May 13, 2010
    Posts: 924

    akoutlaw
    Member

    My 6" Atlas I sold & my current 10" Logan.
     

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  30. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,892

    MeanGene427
    Member
    from Napa

    First thing I was taught by my neighbor that owns the local speed shop about mills n lathes- resist the temptation to blow it off with air, it will drive chips n dust into the works- use a soft brush, and pull the chips away from the works
     
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