View Full Version : New to me Lathe

07-21-2019, 03:42 PM
I picked up this Clausing 5914 lathe and and goodies up in Vermont Friday. It is to replace my Logan 11x24. There have been times when I needed more than the 24" on my two present lathes.

It came with an assortment of chucks and two collet closers, a 5C and a Jacobs 50. I have some 5c collets, but no Jacobs. I seems to be in OK condition, but needs cleanup and lube, etc. Been used, but doesn't seem abused. Paid $700. Not as good a deal as RB211's, but still OK.






07-21-2019, 03:44 PM
that's a steal, and so well accessorized. Way to go.

07-21-2019, 04:40 PM
Still, a screaming deal and easier to move.. is it VariDrive?
Heavier machines, changes the buyer pool.. and shorter lathes.. less buyers.. altho many don't need the length..

07-21-2019, 04:54 PM
Damn ,thats cheap

07-21-2019, 05:16 PM
ya kidding me, that's a fabulous deal, well done! Fancy sticking your Logan in a flat rate box and sending it down to Texas? It'll appreciate the warmth :)

how's the Reeves drive sound? Might need a bleed if it's been sitting a while.

07-21-2019, 06:12 PM
Nice, keep an eye on the vari-drive hydraulics and bushings in the sheeves. They are known for issues and wear. I ended up doing a direct drive conversion and vfd on mine.

Looks like you did good on the tooling/accessories, L00 does pop up but but always seem to be a bit more expensive than threaded and D mounts. The 5c spindle adapter is also a plus as they can be a little hard to find.

Keep an eye on the cross slide nut and screw they seem to get wear on them. Probably still available from Clausing but will be pricey. I ended up making a delrin nut and grafted on a piece of precision acme rod to the original screw. I also did the same with the compound but used a 2 start bronze nut and rod to get the dial to read 1 to 1.

07-21-2019, 06:58 PM
$700 was a good deal on that lathe, even if it needs some work.

There are lots of gunsmiths who think that the South Bend "Heavy 10" or "10L" is the ultimate gunsmithing lathe, but I think the Clausing you have there, or the 5913, are better lathes for the purpose, more heavily built and better machines. The only downside I've seen on the 591x machines are the hydraulic variable-speed systems.

07-21-2019, 07:49 PM
You did good. My 10EE wouldn't fullfil your requirement.

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07-21-2019, 07:58 PM
he got $700 dollars worth of chucks and a free lathe !!

07-21-2019, 08:09 PM
he got $700 dollars worth of chucks and a free lathe !!

No kidding, the collet closer, 6 jaw, qctp, etc.

07-21-2019, 10:55 PM
If the hydraulic speed control fails, I have some ideas on how to get around it. I had one of these about 10 years ago and sold it because I was moving and so I never finished getting it up and running, but the hydraulics on that one were beyond shot and I was going to come up with a mechanical setup. With the VFD, I can pick a sweet spot and use the VFD for speed control and If I really need to change the speed, it could be done. It does have a 2 hp motor so that is quite a bit of power and I can set the Reeves drive on the low end and overspeed the motor. That is the way the many of the modern machines are done. My mill has a 1725 motor and I run it up to 4,000 (it is rated for 5,400).

old mart
07-22-2019, 08:19 AM
You probably rate the "you suck" of the week. That 6 jaw set tru chuck would probably rate one third of your total price. Best of luck to you.

07-22-2019, 10:47 AM
Nice purchase.

07-23-2019, 10:15 AM
I did put a 3hp motor on mine when I did the vfd conversion. I can’t remember what motor pulley I used but I kept the factory top pulley and got a longer timing belt. Pretty sure I went with the factory top speed when the motor is at 120hz.

Tundra Twin Track
07-24-2019, 01:28 AM
Congrats on the new addition ,nice when it comes with lots extras ,great buy!!!

07-24-2019, 03:04 PM
That's a steal alright! Especially around here. I've been keeping my eye out for a 54" or longer lathe and I'm always surprised by the asking prices. Congrats on a great deal!

07-25-2019, 07:26 PM
I had one that was 13" X 48", excellent machines, the one thing that you need to keep an eye on is the variable pitch sheaves that control the speed.

These are often called a Reeves Drive, these are difficult to repair when your only lathe is not working (-:

07-25-2019, 10:01 PM
Dang you did good to say the least.... the tooling alone would normally cost me that much