Ideal height for lathe

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Forum topic by PCorl posted 06-28-2009 01:19 PM 2212 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2009 01:19 PM

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I recently got a lathe that was mounted on a homemade stand. It seems awful high to me and I was wondering what the ideal height for a lathe should be. The height of my lathe is such that the arbor height is about at my elbow height, that seems high. Would the arbor at waist level be too low? I understand that a measurement off the floor doesn’t work because not everyone is the same height. Does anyone have a rule of thumb for this? Thanks for your input.

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 03:41 PM

I agree with Skeezics. Spindle at elbow height, but whatever feels comfortable is what counts.

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#2 posted 06-28-2009 08:50 PM

Spindle height at your elbow and buckle height at the top of the bed ways. I have my lathe just a little high because that is the way that works best for me.

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 10:05 PM

Spindle height at the elbow works great for me too.

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 10:23 PM

there really isnt one. spindle height at the elbow works really well but i would just do what i do for pretty much anything’ hold the lathe tool to where youre comfortable and have someone measure the height. then work it out to see how high your stand should be.

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