View Full Version : new purchase and my lathe working exceptionally well

Alistair Hosie
11-07-2004, 07:23 PM
I have bought a full geared head floor standing pillar drill it arrives hopefully tomorrow when I can post pics as soon as I get it set up,(if it's not too large http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif).
My Smart and Brown 10 24 vsl is now working beautifully now .
I have been basically just trying it out.
Practising lots of turning picking up the cut facing boring etc etc etc.
This is the greatest fun I am so pleased it is finally working I also got my new potentiometer fitted to my milling machines invertor drive so I can adjust all speeds from very slow to very fast without changing gears soit toois working good with full torque since John Stevenson showed me how to wire it up correctly.
It is also fantastic to be able to vary speeds on the lathe just by pushing buttons up and down with all speeds readable via a speedo guage (very accurately).
This is a great hobby.
I need to keep up the practising,so can anyone give me some good small excercises to do so that I can gain experience.So far as said I am trying everything bar threadcutting which I will attempt later.Alistair

11-07-2004, 07:45 PM
Alistair, congradulations on getting your lathe up and running, sounds like your having fun and that's what it's all about. Don't put off threading too long, I think it is the most fun and satisfying operation you can perform on the lathe. If you have scrap stock lying around, turn it to size and thread it. Then turn it down to the next size and thread it again. Keep practising and you'll be able to turn out a quality thread on critical work before you know it.

11-07-2004, 07:48 PM
Sounds like it's better than sex Alistair! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Opps not supposed to talk about that around here. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif
Your going to have to think of a project to make. Can't just keep making chips.
Glad to here your having fun anyway.
Suns shining, I'm outa here. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


11-07-2004, 07:58 PM
I guarantee that most of us are able to 'stay' longer on our machines than elsewhere! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Hi John.
Good on you Alistair, congrats.
Why not try some blind hole boring/ threading to test your nerves http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
You`ll be extending the workshop soon will yee?

Alistair Hosie
11-07-2004, 08:29 PM
as soon as I get my cutting tool sharpened to 55 0r 60 deg or whatever I will attempt it first I will try it under supervision at my little engineers club.Thanks for kind support guys it's much apreciated and I will try it soon promise http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Alistair

11-07-2004, 08:35 PM
That's great Alistair .
Now go to the smart and brown yahoo group
someone has just posted there
he wants to know why he should purchase a smart and brown lathe rather than another.
now I've been answering every question there .
if i didnt answer no one else would
so break the mold alistrair tell him how good it is
all the best..mark

11-07-2004, 11:08 PM
Man, ya gotta thread. Threading is one of the coolest and most useful lathe operations. I used to make a few practice cuts with the tool out and away from the part just to make sure the nut disengaged smoothly and the dial marks lined up ok before starting the cut. I haven't threaded on a lathe in years.
Good to hear you're enjoying yourself!

Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga