I have a 13x40 Sheldon Lathe and am getting ready to get it set up
properly. It weighs about 1500lbs and has 4 leveling bolts at both the
tailstock end and also the headstock end. I cut 8 - 5/8" steel plates
that were 6"x6" to go under the leveling bolts to spread the load. I
also drilled a counterbore into the plates so the bolts set down into
the holes. I applied some grease to the holes before setting the
adjusting screws into the holes.
My question is: Is this sufficient footing for starting to level the
lathe? Does it need to be bolted to the concrete and then leveled?
- posted 16 years ago