I have a Chinese "whoflungdung" 12x36 lathe that came with the standard type
cabinet stand, and I'm looking to make a replacement stand that's more
sturdy and stable so I don't have to worry about brushing up against the
lathe and moving it out of alignment.
I basically know what I want, but was just wondering if anyone had any ideas
or links to interesting designs or types?
Thanks in advance,
I have a Sheldon 11x44.
It has a nice oil tray - 1" deep. The holes through it to the legs have gaskets
and washers that help prevent leaks. Even if you don't plan on coolant a tray
is great for chips. A coolant tray has a rear corner with a drain pipe so a
hose can be attached to a tank where the pump draws from to in turn cool the
Mine has two leg sections. They are a wide metal that is U shaped.
The width of the U is the width of the tray less a little. The channel
does down toward the floor and the bottom and top are covered with heavy
plate. The bottom plate has two holes (per end) for levelers.
Inside this bent U (can be welded sheet with sides) - is an X that crosses
within and are as the sides - 3-4" wide. They provide a place to store stuff.
The thickness is 3/16.
Provide a place to mount a lamp - on the rear of the tray. Be sure it stays
out of the way to options and the carriage.
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Sounds great, and much better than the junk stand that came with mine. What
you've described is pretty much what I planned to do, but I thought I'd ask
first on the off chance that someone else has been in the same situation and
made some fancy stand with a lot of great tool storage ideas and could say
"Here, look at this".
I read through those links, and DoN's questions pretty much described my
machine to a T. I bought it from a local industrial tool importer, but I
should add at this point that I'm in Melbourne, Australia, so that might not
be in your neck of the woods :)
As far as "import" 12x36 lathes go I think they're all pretty much of a
muchness if most of the stuff I've read on the net about them is anything to
Their pro's are that they offer quite a bit of machine for the money, but
that's about it. Their cons are many, including appalling attention to
detail with things like headstocks full of sand and swarf, spindle oil that
looks (and smells) like it used to be cat urine in a former life, V belt
pulleys that have more run out than a circus clown's bicycle wheels, handles
and knobs fitted incorrectly and the like.
The accuracy out of the box makes a junkyard lathe look great by comparison
(which was certainly true of mine and that of a couple of friends who bought
similar machines from different manufacturers), and the fit & finish of the
things is about as bad as you could possibly make it if you were
deliberately trying to.
Unfortunately for us down here, good used quality equipment is very hard to
come by, and when it does eventually pop up now and then it's usually worth
a small fortune. To give you an example, a local used machinery dealer not
far from me has a couple of Colchester Student lathes that look like they've
done a world tour as deck cargo on a submarine, but he wants 7500 bucks each
for them and he says he'll get it without any problems at all.
For a home hobby guy like me that's way too much for a machine that probably
needs as much again spent on it to return it to active duty. The only real
alternative if you want something of a useful size that doesn't cost an arm
and a leg is the Chinese stuff, but from what I've seen thus far their new
stuff is almost as bad as the worn out old junk :)
In short, I'm reasonably happy with mine (which may sound strange), but only
because I own it and have spent a couple hundred hours fully rebuilding a
brand new lathe turning it into what is now a reasonable, but not brilliant,
machine. Out of the box it was terrible, and within 5 minutes of it's first
running I thoroughly regretted selling my little Hercus (which is a locally
made Southbend copy) and buying this thing.
If I lived in the US and had access to the huge variety of cheap quality
machines that you guys seem to have, I wouldn't go near a Chinese machine
even if they were giving them away for free.
Hmmm, glut of used machines in the US, glut of shipping containers,
dearth of good affordable used machines down-under, seems like the
thing to do is to take 'orders', find a containers worth of machines,