13 years ago
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That makes sense. But I don't sell insurance. :-)
O.K. That is an interesting one. Pretty nice for a lot of reasons, though I don't know about the range of threads. Based on going back and forth between that and the other you pointed to, both have 27 inch threads (between 8 and 56 TPI), and probably the same quick-change gearbox.
My Clausing has the same number of threads in that range, specifically:
8 16 32 9 18 36 10 20 40 11 22 44 11.5 23 46 12 24 48 13 26 52 13.5 27 54 14 28 56
but mine has three more columns of speeds, one to the left of the above columns (starting at 4 TPI), and two to the right, finishing up with 224 TPI. Each column is double the value to the left, or half the value to the right, if you want to create the rest of the table for my machine.
Now -- it is not certain whether these have the same threads in some of the more uncommon ones. For example the 13.5/27/54 is fairly uncommon, mostly useful for the 27 TPI when making mounts for US microphones (5/8-27).
The first one is a gearhead lathe, which I consider nice. But while both specify power longitudinal feed, there is nothing about power cross feed (on either machine) -- and power feed can produce a more consistent finish when facing something.
The oil which comes with it is probably planned for a warmer climate.
If you need lower speeds, the solution is to replace the motor with a three-phase one and add a VFD to give you continuously variable speeds.
However -- I don't know what the motor mount is on this beastie, which could affect the availability of other motors to fit it.
It has a beefier spindle -- but still not large enough for 5C collets.
I don't know what the spindle nose is. If it is not specified, it is probably threaded nose.
It apparently does not come with the floor stand, unlike the smaller one which you also list. And if the smaller one is *still* lighter even with the floor stand, it must really be a lightweight stand.
I would consider all of the listed accessories as things which you should also have.
Of course it is significantly lighter. It is belt drive instead of a gearhead lathe, *and* it is 9" swing instead of 10". Both make it lighter. The stand should make it somewhat heavier, but when you see that the toolpost for it only handles 3/8" tool shanks, compared to the 1/2" on the gearhead machine, it suggests that the gearhead machine is significantly more rigid.
Expect to change the lube to something more appropriate for your climate.
Gearhead. I would like to have a Gearhead Clausing, but I'm happy with my belt drive Clausing.
Good Luck, DoN.