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Forum topic by Richard3 posted 07-17-2017 11:29 PM 471 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Richard3

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07-17-2017 11:29 PM

Shop Fox has an attachment to convert a drill press into a lathe. I’ve seen comments on the Web that warn against putting side pressure on a drill press bearing.. if the workpiece is fixed top and bottom how serious can the side pressure on the bearing be?


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#1 posted 07-18-2017 12:56 AM

I don’t think it would be too bad. Don’t like the look of the setup. Especially the toolrest. It just asks for chatter. Might be sufficient on smaller stuff but I’d rather put 40-50$ towards a real benchtop lathe.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 07-18-2017 01:18 AM

“It just asks for chatter.”

Good point. Still, here again, I’m seeing the two points of holding the piece as giving stability, unlike the chatter I get using paddle bits that can grab the sides of a bored hole….

Yes, I would prefer a benchtop lathel but don’t have benchtop space to put one permanently.

Thanks for the comment

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 01:43 AM

I hear you. The good thing about benchtops is you can store them elsewhere and chunk them up on the bench when you need it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 07-18-2017 01:51 AM

The HF benchtop 10×18 lathe takes up very little space and will perform much better than a modified drill press. With the 20% off coupon, it’s extremely affordable.

I don’t think the lathe attachment will harm your drill press bearings, I just think it would be throwing good money at a bad solution.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#5 posted 07-18-2017 02:02 AM

Hmmm. What about putting a benchtop lathe on a shelf that swings out on a sturdy lockable arm?

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#6 posted 07-18-2017 11:14 AM

I posted the same question a while back. The response was yes you can but don’t do it on a good drill press cause it can ruin it. It could double as a spindle sander as well though

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#7 posted 07-18-2017 11:24 AM

I’ve got a VertLathe available that attaches to your drill press to allow you to make small turnings. It is new and I will take 35.00 for it.

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#8 posted 07-18-2017 01:55 PM

A drill press uses tapered bearings which are not designed for side loads. Basically, you’ll mung up the bearings, increase chuck/bit wobble, lose accuracy. Not worth messing up your Drill Press.

I have a Carba-Tec gap bed mini lathe from the early 90’s ( I just upgraded to a bigger one) 7×18 with accessories (it has a #1MT – new one is a #2MT) 100 plus shipping w/o motor add 50 for a 1/4hp Dayton Motor – it is a great little machine for turning small things and is excellent for dragging along to shows and fairs.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#9 posted 07-18-2017 02:15 PM

Thanks for the good comments, folks.. I’m not going for the DP lathe.

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