I did it.

I bought a LittleMachineShop 8x20 lathe. I can see from here that I'm in over my head.

My first problem is, I hope, a simple one.

If I understand this correctly, (I can build a hip roof and pour concrete upside down under water. Metal work, not so much.) the feed rate is determined by the speed of the lead screw.

On this machine, the speed of the lead screw appears to be set solely by the change gears. There also appears to be exactly two (and only two) speeds.

With everything I've read about how important feed rate is, I was surprised that there are only two speeds to choose from.

Am I wrong about this? Is there another way to adjust feed rate on this machine?

What have I missed?

I bought a LittleMachineShop 8x20 lathe. I can see from here that I'm in over my head.

My first problem is, I hope, a simple one.

If I understand this correctly, (I can build a hip roof and pour concrete upside down under water. Metal work, not so much.) the feed rate is determined by the speed of the lead screw.

On this machine, the speed of the lead screw appears to be set solely by the change gears. There also appears to be exactly two (and only two) speeds.

With everything I've read about how important feed rate is, I was surprised that there are only two speeds to choose from.

Am I wrong about this? Is there another way to adjust feed rate on this machine?

What have I missed?

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