If I were you I'd get a square column mill-drill and a used 9" or 10"
South Bend or Logan or Sheldon lathe in good condition. This month's
"Home Shop Machinist" has an ad for a nice-looking square column mill-drill.
Everyone wants to go buy a machine from a store and get a great deal. Well,
buying a machine tool isn't like buying a toothbrush or an Ipod. You have to
look. It took me 3 years to find my first lathe, which was a 9" South Bend
Model B. I had to drive 200 miles each way to get it. I loved that lathe but
as always happens, a couple of years after I got it a buddy called me to
let me know of a mint Model A (quickchange) going for cheap in an estate
sale. Longest bed SB ever made for a 9" lathe, 54" which lets me turn 36"
between centers. Once you start looking and learn how to look in your area,
you *will* find machinery. If you're near a city it will have machinery. If
you aren't, there will be farmers, who will have machinery. Take a class at
your local technical college in machine tools and talk to the instructor and
the other students. Look for a local metalworking club. Yes, this is all a
lot of work and trouble, but in my opinion that's what it takes.
You can get that mill-drill for a couple grand (that's assuming you have
to drive to LA to pick it up and you'll need $200 for gas) and you can add
a DRO from Shooting Star for about another $500, that will leave you $1000
for your lathe, which should get you a nice one.
Good luck - GWE
If you settle on a combo, I think your best choice is the Shopmaster
Bridgemill- its the newest version of the Shoptask line-
Seperates are good if you have the space, but remember you will eventually
need 2 DRO's, 2 benches, 2 coolant pumps, pay freight twice etc.etc.
I'm wishing I lived closer to the left coast so I could check out Leigh's
stuff myself. Any ideas on a reputable machine dealer closer to Texas?
I've been looking around for a larger lathe for over a year and haven't
found *anything* worth buying. I guess maybe since machinery is not as
common around here the pricing is way out of line with the coast.
Hey, Texas isn't that far from LA!! Not to mention, it's all flat, and
a great drive too. I've bought from Leigh and they don't come any better
than him. If I were you I'd make that long drive and just treat it like
the adventure it is. While you're at it, you can go visit Gunner's fabled
back yard. I think you can find *anything* in his yard, but it will take
a lot of looking. It helps if you like cats .. :-)
Grant: I don't want to discourage visitors form Texas but you should
check the map. There is a Continental Divide between here and Texas.
That may not seem like much but it goes up a few more thousand feet
then the Siskiyus and they make going up to your place seem uphill.
Maybe it's just going strgight up the map that makes it seem so
Having driven it in 2 days - the long trip from Austin to north of LA -
Went by the southern route - I10 IIRC - 200 feet (approx) to 4000 feet in
El Paso - but that is a days - a long day ride. Slow and steady.
The worst 'hill' I know is the Grapevine outside LA.
There is a tough runner up - out on the road just before Wichita Falls, Tx.
But that was another road trip and many years before. :-)
Martin Eastburn, Barbara Eastburn
@ home at Lion's Lair with our computer firstname.lastname@example.org
I give discounts if you Take cats.
It's not unwise to remember that Mother Nature is essentially a
murderous, sneakly, promiscuous bitch who has been trying to kill you
since your conception.
Eventually she will succeed, perhaps with the help of your fellow man.
Life consists in putting off the inevitable as long as possible and
taking what good and joy you can before her success.
Whether you attribute that situation to evolutionary forces, a fallen
nature after Adam and Eve screwed the pooch, or whatever, it's no less true.
Be friendly, pleasant, unaggressive, and honest toward all and be
prepared to ignore, avoid, or even kill anyone who is otherwise toward
you. Being ready doesn't mean eager, just ready. What true friends are
found in life will undestand and accept that fundamental rule of human
interaction." John Husvar
I am a retired Engineer/Toolmaker with a home shop. I have a 21"
Harrison (Colchester) lathe for sale. New in 1980 and well tooled.
Located in central Arkansas
Email back if you are interested.
aajnorm at sbcglobal.net
On Sun, 09 Jan 2005 05:56:42 GMT, email@example.com (John Normile)
Oooo....nice lathe. Big...really big..but nice. Gonna be hard to turn
carb jets and the like with it..but still nice.
"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better,
on average, than the citizens of Baltimore.
True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee,
but why this is more stylish than
sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whiskey I don't know."
-- P.J O'Rourke (1989)
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