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04-26-2012 01:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning

Hey guys, got a question for all you turners. I have been turning on an old shopsmith Mark V. long story short, It will no longer turn true. I have already put a good bit of money into it trying to refurb it. I have tools that replace all aspects of the shopsmith except the lathe. I’d love to have a big monster powermatic, but my budget won’t allow that. so here’s my question: I have been looking at the HF lathe 12’’ x 33-3/8’’ Wood Lathe with Reversible Head, made by central machinery. has anybody had experience with this thing? the reviews seem to be pretty positve, and the price is right. any advice is welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks,

-- Gridlockd


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#1 posted 04-26-2012 09:14 PM

Um, just to start this off. What do you mean it won’t turn true? Explain please.
MIKE

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#2 posted 04-26-2012 09:17 PM

I mean that when I am turning a bowl, I cannot get the bowl to turn truely round. no matter how much I try it still has “wobble” in it. the runout on the end of the quill is more than the 5/1000 tolerance SS says is acceptable. probably due to the bearings wearing out i would imagine.

-- Gridlockd

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#3 posted 04-26-2012 09:37 PM

If you never dropped the headstock or tailstock on the floor, you are probably right. So why don’t you replace the bearings in the head? It’s not that difficult to replace bearings in a machine….

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#4 posted 04-26-2012 09:52 PM

Perhaps something like this would help. Repair would be cheaper than even the HF lathe. Would be a shame to lose the capabilities on the shopsmith over a fairly simple fix. Just a thought.

David

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#5 posted 04-26-2012 10:16 PM

David found a nice save. I get tempted by H.F. prices, but I would rather fix up a piece of old American iron – one less Chinese boat anchor over here.

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#6 posted 04-27-2012 04:11 PM

Thanks for the insight guys. I have decided to go ahead and fix the SS. weighing the cost of repair vs. the cost of a new lathe, chucks, mandrels, live center,etc. it’s kind of a no brainer. Thanks for helping me put this in perspective, I guess i was saying to myself “Ooh, ooh, you can get a new tool!!” and that clouded my judgement!

-- Gridlockd

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#7 posted 04-28-2012 01:10 AM

That does happen sometimes.
MIKE

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#8 posted 04-28-2012 05:04 AM

Not a problem Gridlockd. Please keep us updated on the process. Would like to know when you are up and running again and how it worked for you.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 01:59 AM

Just an update for those that might be interested. I got my retro fit quill in today, opened the box like a kid on christmas! installed it in the SS (very easy upgrade for anyone contemplating doing it). The upgrade was just what the doctor ordered. bowls are turning true again, no more wobble, I am a happy man! thanks to all for advising me to fix instead of purchase a new lathe.

-- Gridlockd

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