View Full Version : Looking for a large lathe bed & headstock

04-06-2005, 06:45 AM
I am looking for a large lathe bed, headstock, and tailstock. I need at least 24" swing over the ways and at least 16' between centers. I prefer a gearhead (belt drive just won't cut it anymore - that's what we have now), don't really care about the ways too much, the carrriage & compound will become a boat anchor. They're out there, problem is most wheeler dealers want an arm and two legs for basic junk.

Once the headstock speed is right it will be locked and probably never adjusted again. I don't even need a chuck as centers will be used.

Someone has one someplace they are tired of walking around.

I prefer the Southeast (Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky).

04-06-2005, 07:53 AM
If you already have a belt driven one you might think about a big timing belt drive , there was an arical on it many years ago in HSM.


04-06-2005, 07:57 AM
The bed currently being used is size limited, a bigger bed is needed for current and future applications.

04-06-2005, 08:40 AM
I have an old conehead that was setup with a chain drive instead of the factory rig.

It's 36" swing,but only 10' between centers.Price is real cheap.

04-06-2005, 10:07 AM
I appreciate it but I need 16' between centers.

I might be able to live with 14' between centers, but 16' would be better

04-06-2005, 11:07 AM
I've seen different plans for large swing lathes. Most use an electric motor transmitting power through an automotive transmission. The headstock & tailstock are generally fabricate from thick walled square tubing.

A bed 16' or longer could be made from square section or rectangular section tubing. It sounds like the bed could also be made from I-beam or channel.

This article shows a smaller version of what you want. I should be doable to scale all dimensions up to the size you need. http://silent1.home.netcom.com/bed.htm

Barry Milton

04-06-2005, 12:03 PM
you should've posted this a month ago. i was at an auction with a bunch of old stuff. there were two 36" or so swing lathes with about 24' beds. the LeBlond went for big bucks, but the old Pratt & Whitney (i think it was) went for about $1000. i guess hauling it would be another problem (this was in PA).

i think Hildebrand's has a few old Lodge & Shipleys. one was used for grinding and the bed had a lot of wear. i'm not sure of the swing (or if he still has them), but i bet he'd deal on the price. again, this is in PA though.


i'm not affiliated with Hildebrand, but i never had any problems in my dealings with them.

andy b.

Forrest Addy
04-06-2005, 12:12 PM
Big enough?


04-06-2005, 12:53 PM
Just for fun I did call George Washington Machinery. Spoke with John Lewandowski. He said they do have "smaller machines" in the size you want.

Business phone 509-785-2631

Cell phone 509-727-3011

04-06-2005, 01:03 PM
You are on the wrong bbs, this is the Home Shop Machinist web site, You need the BIG HONKIN LATHE AND STUFF web site.

Alistair Hosie
04-06-2005, 04:09 PM