View Full Version : NOW THIS IS A LATHE

02-23-2005, 03:48 PM

02-23-2005, 03:57 PM
That's a biggun all right...But not quite as big as this one....


or this one


02-23-2005, 03:59 PM
YEA but is that one in your home town , and have you used it?

02-23-2005, 05:09 PM
Just wondered, what is the shank size toolholder that goes on "your lathe", Iowolf?

Forrest Addy
02-23-2005, 05:42 PM
Yup. Pretty big. Hard to tell - the photo was gloomy on my computer.

Biggest engine lathe I ever ran was a 120" x 24 ft Niles. 35 HP DC motor. I think it dated from about WW I. It had a big wheel that stuck straight up from the carriage that ran a monstrous big drum controller that worked the motor. It had 6 seeds in the headstock. The variable speed motor took care of the in betweens.

Great machine. Just real old and neglected.

02-23-2005, 06:40 PM
something like 2.5", however it only has a Mt6 headstock.
The button controler runs the bed.

02-23-2005, 06:59 PM
in the latest manufacturing engineering magazine, they had a picture of a 100' bed lathe the navy had made for doing ship crankshafts. that thing was HUGE

02-23-2005, 07:35 PM
The biggest lathe in the world is in York PA. - it has something like a 24 foot swing and 120 feet between centers....


This Old Shed (http://http:thisoldshed.tripod.com)

02-23-2005, 07:46 PM
There are a few that size around Phoenix. Last year we redid the moglice on a 20' dia vertical lathe, the morons ran out of way lube so decided they decided to try hydraulic fluid for lubrication. Needless to say it ruined the old moglice that our company had done years before I was there.

02-23-2005, 07:50 PM
This is my lathe http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga

02-23-2005, 08:27 PM
I have its big brother,14"delta rockwell

02-23-2005, 09:21 PM
Hoffman, is the WD-40 can 20' tall...that would make your lathe THE BIGGEST!

02-23-2005, 10:11 PM
Some months ago, or perhaps a year, mention was made on this forum of a giant engine powering a ship I believe. There were pictures of the pistons and connecting rods and bearing mains practically the size of a man standing. Now the lathe that turned the crank to fit this engine has to be something to see.