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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 01-05-2010 11:26 PM

If you line up the centers in the head and tail and they are off vertically, I would pass it up. If they are off horizontally, it may be from the play in the ways. These are not metal lathes riding on ways so they have some slop and that trasfers to alignment of the centers. if you can pull or push the tailstock to align the centers, then you can get away with using it if you do that each time you load a piece in it. I have a Craftsman lathe and I have to pull my tail stock forward and then it lines up. See what you think after you try that.

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