Vertical lathe attachment

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Forum topic by gary351 posted 10-25-2010 01:23 PM 1278 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2010 01:23 PM

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I am looking for comments on using a vertical lathe attachment for a drill press? Is this good idea ? Should you just invest in a lathe. Grizzly has one # ( H8071) is this a safe way to turn? Thanks all LJ’s

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 03:24 PM

It looks like it would be okay for short spindle work. I don’t see how you could turn bowls or other hollowed forms with it.

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 04:07 PM

It might be better if you could lay your drill press over so the work would be horizontal. LOL
Really, I can’t get comfortable with the idea of the tool reaction being left to right instead of vertical.
Seems like you could get knocked off balance and fall over too easy. JMHO

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 04:31 PM

I’m sure you could turn a pen or some other small spindle turnings on a drill. I think it would be awkward to do but it would be doable.

However, I advise you that the Jacob’s chuck in a drill press is not designed to accept much side force. Hence, I would not put anything very large on drill press converted to a lathe.

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 04:45 PM

Whether vertical or horizontal, a DP is only good for work supported on BOTH ends if you are using your Jacobs chuck. As Rich stated, Jacobs chucks are not reliable for holding with side loads. Short term use could be acceptable until you get a real lathe.

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