how do i find out what MT i have in my lathe a #1 or #2 or ?.................

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Forum topic by bob koller posted 10-15-2007 03:47 AM 1196 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2007 03:47 AM

i’m trying to find a way to measure or know what MT i have in my 1935 sears lathe to get a tailstock livecenter….............bob

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#1 posted 10-15-2007 03:58 AM

Take the tailstock off the lathe and take it to a machine shop they might have a gauge to measure it.

I would guess a MT #2. I would think a MT#1 would be on a mini lathe or something small.

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#2 posted 10-15-2007 04:05 AM

Take the tailstock to Rockler or Woodcraft )or someplace near you that sells lathes) and trial fit it.

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#3 posted 10-15-2007 04:48 AM

I would also guess MT #2.

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 05:52 PM

thanks guys….on another site they said all older sears lathes were #1….they also gave me a site that gave measurements up to a #6 MT….mine mic’ed to be a #1 MT….................bob

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#5 posted 10-17-2007 06:11 AM

Sears lathes are #1 generally. You can find out for sure by taking your MT dimensions and figure it out with this link:

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