Show us your lathe

  1. Norm Member

    Following a comment by wedg1e in mattf's lathe wick oilers post, I thought a show us your lathe thread was a great idea.
    So heres mine, an old 3.5" vintage grayson bought in a moment of madness when I was in "I need a new toy mode" you know how it is :whistle: I am still in the process of setting it up and working out how to sort out a drive train. I have no idea how to use it or what I am going to do with it :ashamed: but it seemed like a good idea at the time :laughing: and I am sure I am in the right place for some good advice

    Norm
     
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  2. shenion

    shenion Tool Pack Rat

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    Here's mine:

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    Atlas /Craftsman 12x36" lathe (12" swing diameter.)

    1/2HP 3-phase motor powered by a Toshiba VFD. Came with 2 chucks, QCTP, milling attachment, steady rest, ball turning jig and a metal stand.

    It is 70-years young ;). Needed minor maintenance of a few bearings and cleanup of sliding ways. Now used a few times a month.

    Here's my previous mistakes I was glad to get rid of:

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    Sherline 4000. Too small, too weak to do anything I needed.

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    Craftsman 109 Lathe. Probably one of the sloppiest lathes ever made. 1/2" spindle was just too weak and most have bent ones. Spent a year adding improvements like a better cross slide that had a graduated dial (old was 24 TPI) and mods to reduce carriage slop.
     
  3. Norm Member

    Hope I look that good when I'm 70 :cool:
    Norm
     
  4. chunkolini

    chunkolini celebrity artiste

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    Gorgeous things lathes.
    I have dim memories of using one at school and wondering at the power it seemd to posess.
    Dont have one myself, but would love one.
    I will try and get a photo of Big Bill James' lathe. A real beast of a thing.
     
  5. Qwertyco

    Qwertyco Member

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    Mine's an early 1950's ZYTO.
    Bought it last year off an older relative who bought it new!
    He made a hefty profit on the deal!
    Pics to follow.

    PS. anyone know where to buy 3/4" wide flat drive belt material from?
     
  6. Furry Freak Member

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    Here's mine. I got a miller at the same time. Between them I am having more fun than is legal. Learning all the time, but managed to make some useful stuff already. Between these, the MIG, plasma and a new press, I should be able to make just about anything. Shame I am limited by my own ability and not my imagination.

    FF
     
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  7. ford34/2 Member

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    flat belts

    can you not just use a car toothed timming belt, inside out,
    Or ask ::
    Northumbrian Bearings
    Unit 54a, South Nelson Road, South Nelson Industrial Estate
    Cramlington
    NE23 1WF

    01670 732299

    I`ll be very dissapointed if they do not help, or try Brammer UK, a lot of Kity machinery used a flat belt to drive as well
    Stan
     
  8. shenion

    shenion Tool Pack Rat

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    Timing belt sounds good but i think a serpentine belt on backwards would be better as it is designed to run on both the inside and outside.
     
  9. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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  10. tab Member

    heres mine, colchester triumph 2000 50" bed, cleared up the cuttings now though:laughing:
     
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  11. madkayaker

    madkayaker Pro sparkey Pro Welder

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    Same as what I use at work and there a fantastic lathe
     
  12. Dev

    Dev 8th generation, Weyland type

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    There's one on gumtree for £2300...
     
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  13. madkayaker

    madkayaker Pro sparkey Pro Welder

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    If you had 2300 to spend on a lathe you could do much worse
     
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  14. MattF

    MattF Member

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    Pretty much the same one here. The Warwick's were rebadged Grayson's, if I recall correctly. This is mine minus the topslide and such.

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    If you need any pictures of this one showing specific parts, give me a shout.
     
  15. MattF

    MattF Member

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    Search Ebay for 'Balata belt', or try a local tack shop for genuine leather.
     
  16. Norm Member

    cheers matt, I have a drive motor and a shaft with pulleys but need to fabricate an adjustable bracket so I can fit the belts and change speeds, I also have a box full of gears which I need to work out how to fit, Its a bit like a big meccano set a the moment :laughing: I may need some help.
    Norm
     
  17. MattF

    MattF Member

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    This is the Warwick bench mount countershaft unit. Quite tidily designed and simple in use for slipping belts over for different speeds.

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    That bolt down the bottom adjusts the tension. This is the gear setup:

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  18. Sanny

    Sanny Migtastic

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    Here is my Grayson
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    It's all back together now and working:clapping:
    Here is what it looked like before i got my paint brush on it:o
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    would love something more modern but its just a toy to fill the shed :whistle:
     
  19. Norm Member

    Cheers matt, thats really useful, tidy design on that bench mount. Nice work sanny any pics of the completed job ?.
    Norm
     
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