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Orlon Fides
12-02-2001, 11:34 PM
Hello, I just got my first lathe,(a jet 9x20) can anyone reccomend a good book?

12-03-2001, 01:48 AM
Congrats on the new lathe. Say, if you're not real busy making chips, how about checking back in a couple of weeks and giving us the low down on the Jet. I've been considering buying one myself.

Oh, the book? The Amatuer's Lathe by L.H. Sparey is highly recommended by most. There's some places online that specialize in that type of book but I don't seem to have the url's right to hand. Bail me out fellers. :-)

One of many Steve's

12-03-2001, 08:07 AM
Ditto on "The Amateur's Lathe." Lots of good information, though it may be hard to find. TEE Publishing, in England, may have it.

Closer to home, Lindsay Publications has a reprint of South Bend's "How to Run a Lathe" that is pretty good, plus some other assorted reprints. Any of Lindsay's reprints of Colvin and Stanley's books are likely to be good.

12-03-2001, 08:29 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Orlon Fides:
Hello, I just got my first lathe,(a jet 9x20) can anyone reccomend a good book?</font>

There is a group at YAHOO Groups accessed at www.egroups.com (http://www.egroups.com) at YAHOO titled "9 by 20" (I think that is it---look under machine shop---or check out www.gogle.com), (http://www.gogle.com),) (365 members) help out each other and modifications they dream up. I remember seeing an idea from one of the books (don't know which one) from VILLAGE PRESS (HSM/MW) OR ask here for specifics concerning a reverse for the lead screw so you can do left hand threading and other things, unless the new 9 inch lathes have been redesigned. The author is E. T. Feller, the title of the article is "A REVERSE for a Small Lathe" also there is a guy in Illinois I know of who(m) made his own design, he loves his little 9 incher. At one time I thought about getting the 9 inch JET but got the SHOPTASK instead (yeah, I know!). If you can do it, put your tailstock left of your carriage to power feed your drills into your work.

There is a very good book out sold by Village Press at $47.50 new. It is basically the old technology of the 1930's thru 1950 updated and presented well, not just the lathe, but a working knowledge of the general machine shop. My local library has two copies at no charge! MACHINING FUNDAMENTALS by John R. Walker, 640 pages, hardbound, published by Goodheart-Wilcox 1998.
Take care.


12-03-2001, 08:40 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Orlon Fides:
Hello, I just got my first lathe,(a jet 9x20) can anyone reccomend a good book?</font>
Hi again,

"9x20Lathe" will get you directly to the YAHOO Groups site at the 1st page Groups search box. I go easy by www.egroups.com (http://www.egroups.com) There is another site, look under JET or JET lathe.


12-03-2001, 01:05 PM
machine tool operation vol. 1 henry burghardt,..various editions 1920 -1950's.on e bay every now & then $10-15 . the old techniques/methoods an ammateur needs to know.....when u get to milling/shaping , get vol. 2
best wishes

12-03-2001, 09:11 PM
Check Industrial Press (on the web), or NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Assn) web site. Both have good resources. I use hem darn near exclusive now.

12-03-2001, 10:22 PM
lindsay publications has several ou might like. The care and operation of a lathe will answer many beginer questions that most books skip over. for $7.50 its a great little book. Also liked Advanced machine work.

12-04-2001, 01:40 AM
Tee Publishing can be sought at www.fotec.co.uk/mehs/tee (http://www.fotec.co.uk/mehs/tee)


12-04-2001, 07:49 PM
The Amatuer's Lathe can be purchased from Gunsmith Supplier Brownell's. www.brownells.com (http://www.brownells.com) or 641-623-4000.
The item number for the book is 053-009-000. The price is $18.40. (page 195 of catalog #54.)

Bill Wheelock

12-04-2001, 08:08 PM
These folks have a ton of books for just about every subject on metalworking. They are working on a website, but they have an extensive listing on ebay. Nice folks to work with also!
http://cgi6.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewListedItems&userid=tec h003&include=0&since=-1&sort=2&rows=25 (http://cgi6.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewListedItems&userid=tech003&include=0&since=-1&sort=2&rows=25)
I might get in trouble for this, but they also have the Home Shop Machinist books for less than you can get them for from home Shop Machinist... ***Waits for the lightening bolt***

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smoking joe
12-04-2001, 11:25 PM
The Amateur's Lathe is very good also Southbend's How To Run A Lathe.If there are any community colleges in your area try used book stores.I found the Machining Fundamentls by John R. Walker in one of these.I think it is the first printing 1973.The reprints are going for 40 some bucks.I picked it up for about $5.OO and it is a very good book.