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brewchief
04-04-2011, 10:03 PM
With no machine tool experience I bought an older sears/atlas lathe, it's a 12x36 that seems to be in pretty decent shape. I know it's a little light but I'm thinking it should be ok to gain some experience on. It included the tooling shown. Before I fire it up and start making chips what do I need to know? Any good basic books out there?

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gary350
04-04-2011, 10:19 PM
You probably have the perfect size lathe to learn on. I have a 12x36 too. I have had it for 28 years, in the past anytime I needed a larger lathe I used the 14x43 at work. I wish I had a 14x43 at home but my shop is too small for a larger machine and the price is too much for me too. I can live just fine with my 12x36 about 99% of what I do can be done on it. Have fun playing with your new toy.

Rif
04-04-2011, 10:27 PM
Hello,

This will help: http://www.wswells.com/data/htral/1913_htral/1913_htral.pdf

Just ignore the line-shaft stuff and anything else that doesn't apply.

Regards,

Brian

mf205i
04-04-2011, 10:40 PM
First go to Tonyís site, http://www.lathes.co.uk/page21.html
Then start with these.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/34415359/Manual-of-Lathe-Operations-and-Machinists-Tables-Atlas-Press-Co
http://www.bbssystem.com/manuals/Lathe-Tutorial.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=npJfKhkS0QE&feature=related Tubalcain videos, Watch them all
http://www.wewilliams.net/SBLibrary.htm
http://southbendlathe.org/?tubepress_page=1
http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/ehs-videos/videos
http://www.archive.org/details/textbookofadvanc00smituoft
http://metalwebnews.com/machine-tools/fmt.html
See HTRAL at http://www.wswells.com/index.html
http://www.jjjtrain.com/vms/library.html
https://atiam.train.army.mil/soldierPortal/appmanager/soldier/start?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=rdlservicespage
http://www.americanmachinetools.com/how_to_use_a_lathe.htm
http://www.sherline.com/grinding.htm
http://www.machinist-guide.com/lathe-threading.html
http://www.formrolldie.com/new_page_1.htm
And donít forget to download your FREE copie of Machineryís handbook. Edition 5. http://books.google.com/books?id=VkEYAAAAYAAJ
And if you have an Atlas or Craftsman product.
http://www.roseantiquetools.com/id116.html
Have fun, Mike

rock_breaker
04-04-2011, 11:58 PM
You will find "Manual of Operating a Lathe and machinist Tables" by Atlas in the many referances given, it was my first book and is my beginning reference.
As time has progressed I have picked up some books including a highschool text. As I think about it, most of the later materials are to support that first mannual by Atlas.

Enjoy your lathe and good luck.

justanengineer
04-05-2011, 12:09 AM
I always recommend people visit their local library and check out a real machine trades text or two. You will find you need to know more than simple lathe operation, such as precision measuring, setups, and metrology.

bborr01
04-05-2011, 12:15 AM
That will be a nice size to learn on.

My suggestion would be to clean things up and get some way on the ways and lube everything else up before you make any chips. The ways look to be pretty good and some way oil will keep them that way.

Brian

wooleybooger
04-05-2011, 12:38 AM
nice beginner machines. i wanted one of those when the bug bit me but found something else first. search yahoo groups for atlas/craftsman ,join the group and they will have a lot of info to view and print, how to run a lathe by south bend, running a lathe by fred colvin and an atlas book with a similar title are on e-bay and amazon. hours of videos are on youtube as well as forums like this one. get after it,no lack of info now like in the pre -computer days when i started.

brewchief
04-05-2011, 12:48 AM
That will be a nice size to learn on.

My suggestion would be to clean things up and get some way on the ways and lube everything else up before you make any chips. The ways look to be pretty good and some way oil will keep them that way.

Brian
Yeah it needs a good cleaning before anything, any way oil preferred? Vactra #2 OK? How about oil for all the oil ports? Anything specific?

What can I clean the gears with before relubing? Safe to use brake clean on them or will it wreck havoc on the bushings?

sasquatch
04-05-2011, 04:15 AM
A good selection of tooling ,, yup, a good clean up, looks like you got yourself a decent lathe, some excellent workmanship has been done on those.

Congratulations!!!

Gary Gill
04-05-2011, 06:17 AM
Check out youtube's Tubalcain or mrpete222 for lathe videos.