I have an old / small Goodell-Pratt lathe which was my father's and came to me many years after his passing. I inherited it as a set, including a vintage drive motor, countershaft, drive belts, mounting board, etc. But -- no instructions, drawings or any other form of guidance in how to set it up. I'm now tackling that problem and have encountered a fundamental question. It's very basic, but I've never used a metal lathe before, so need to ask anyway. When I arrange the motor, countershaft and lathe in the most convenient way, for use of space, the lathe spindle and chuck turn clockwise when viewed from the tailstock perspective. But that would seem wrong, given the way in which the cutting tool would contact the workpiece. I'm thinking the spindle has to rotate CCW, so the tool will bite into the workpiece and cut properly. Can someone advise which direction is right? Thanks much.
14 years ago