Five six years ago I liked it but the clever old boys are dying off
I'm coming to think that with these proper sized machines you just about need an overhead hoist in the workshop. My big lathe chucks are the limit as to what I can manage, and I'd like a bit bigger yet but that would certainly require help.
Having a monster mill the gear to go on that is ridiculous - lifting the vice alone is risking personal injury! I have a rotary table that probably weighs double what I do, that'll be a forklift or engine crane when I come to use it.
There is a downside to full size equipment!
Yes there is a limit as you say...some stuff is seriously heavy. I can just about lift the Harrison four jaw but wouldn't be able to screw it on. So an over head device I will install in the new build. The indexing head for the milling machine is ridiculous in weight.
I must be the forum weakling - I had trouble lifting my pal's Colchester Student's four jaw chuck but struggled to screw it on.
I did say I can lift it but that's only about an inch off the floor...
Hmm, my Triumphs 4 jaw is on the limit for me - deep breath and go for it. Ditto the rotary table on my miller - doable, just.
Are you elderly or just feeble?
Lol, bit of both....
I was hoping to separate the top half of the steady to make it easier to put on the bench. But the shaft and it's two fittings are being s bit stubborn. A press job I thinks.
I know you have a few lathes between you.
What is your favorite lathe that you own, what one do you use the most?
Loaded question. My second is still in bits.
The M is a screwcutting lathe. The L is plain turning and has a capstan tailstock so each have different uses
Want a smart and brown 1024 when space allows
Hmmmm. I like em all. But the Harrison is my favourite.
You need more Honey on your porridge !
Fancy a road trip to Germany, Spencer?
Eventually got the pin out. What a faffn nightmare
And started stripping this lot out for the lead screws removal
That is moosive. Are you going to build a swing crane to pick chucks, material etc up.
I was thinking of doing this for my m300, 10" 4jaw is not light, can’t imagine what that the stuff for your lathe feels like.
Pins are a complete pain to remove. Not heat nor smacking got some of mine out on the Denbigh. Eventually I soaked the whole thing in oil and waited a day, then we got some very minor movements... such a nuisance.
I will make a over head crane just for the lifting. Some stuff is seriously heavy
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