<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by steve schaeffer:
thats part of the problem my tooling is about nill. i have a live center, a 1/2" bushing and a 5/8 bushing which allows me to hold my jacobs chuck in it. its my first lathe, i got it for 300 bucks, and ive made many parts for it to make it work. (including the half inch bushing). so far ive had to make a new forward reverse tumbler bracket and swivel shaft. damn hydraulic speed control sucks. somebody bastardized it a little. back gear is like 40 rpms max, then when you put it in high its like 600 rpm. i think its the variable belt thats worn. i just made a new half nut assembly for it, which im so very proud of because i am not a machinist by any means. but it came out "mint". i guess the other thing i dont like about it is cutting threads on it. i cant. and i dont want to spend five hundred on a die closer for the turret. i like making my own tools, ive made a dovetail cutter already, and like the above machine parts, im considering making a compound slide to make the turret lathe a little more like a turret/conventional lathe. as far as tooling the turret, my mind is blank, i just can visualize what some common tools might look like, the turret has six positions, with a 1" bored hole (at least i think its one inch, im not sure at the moment.)it would be interesting to get a little more use out of it. ive fixed a lot of mechanical problems with it. keep the ideas coming, this is great.
oh, my machining is in the home shop, making anything and anything. currently building three factory experimental tractors(thats the class, united states lawn mower racers association) ok, so throw em at me, and ten bucks doesnt seem like a bad offer, you may have been too anxious, haha.