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  • It's all Fasttracks fault

    When I made the decision to replace my one lathe with 2 lathes, I spent alot of time researching what 2 lathes to look for to replace my SB13. My online searches for a bigger lathe kept turning up Pacemaker, and Fasttrack was usually in there someplace. Pacemaker went to the top of my want list and the search was started.

    Hit pay dirt yesterday. What I really wanted was a 14x30 with the 2K spinlde speed option, what I found was a 14x54 with a 27 speed 1K top end. The lathe looks like a wreck but it's actually in very good mechanical shape. It comes with a 10" 3-jaw, TA, Micrometer stop, thread dial, and Aloris post. After a bit of TLC it will make a very nice addition to my shop, I just have to make room for it. I found it only an hour away from home and I will pick it up after Jan 1st.

    Thanks to Tom for leading me in the right direction

    I also scored the second lathe this week too but I'll save that for later





    Mac

  • #2
    Mac...that's going to be a fine lathe...once you get er all painted green
    Good score!
    I have tools I don't even know I own...

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    • #3
      Green is a "valid" ATW color, seen on several ATW High Duty machines- don't recall a green Pacemaker though. Most definitely not a different color on the carriage however.

      Regards,

      Greg

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      • #4
        Greg...you missed the joke.....many times by the sound of it..
        I have tools I don't even know I own...

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        • #5
          Do a search on "green" here.

          I need a slighty larger lathe but not that big. What I really need is a couple of inches more swing. I am considering jacking up the SB to see how it works. It sure wouldn't be difficult to do.
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          • #6
            Ummm..Mac...you're holding out on the boys here... Come on..fess up what else you got...
            (Lucky bugger.....)
            Russ
            I have tools I don't even know I own...

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            • #7
              Hey Mac - Glad to hear you found such a wonderful machine. I saw your thread over on the PM. Glad it worked out for you!

              That is one hell of a machine. 54" is a great size, imo. That was the only real complaint I had with my two Pacemakers; they are only 30's. The hard ways are nice too. Everyone told me I'd be spoiled after using my Pacemakers and I have to aggree! I've done quite a bit of work to an old 14" Cinci traytop here at the university and it looks like junk compared to the Pacemakers. Even in rough shape, they are a better buy than many other machines out there, imo. I think you'll find that they are quite pleasing to fix up as well as use!

              I don't mean to sound condescending of other people's machines. You buy what you can, when you can, and use what you've got! But, if your lucky enough to find a Pacemaker for a reasonable price, don't pass it up!

              Hey if you want any documentation, pm your email address. I've got quite a few manuals in pdf format from various places, including John Oder over at the PM. I've also got the user manual and parts breakdown in print from ebay.

              edit: Oh, about the speed issue. Personally, I think you'll find that 1000 rpm is plenty fast enough. Its pretty unlikely that you'll need anything higher on such a large machine. A second smaller, "high speed" lathe is handy to have around for dinky little aluminum pieces, for instance. BUT you can swap out the pulley on the motor to increase your top end speed. The headstock is the same on all three versions, only the pulley ratio was changed.
              Last edited by Fasttrack; 12-17-2008, 07:41 PM.

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              • #8
                It's not that I want to gloat but I did buy 2 lathes this week.

                The Pacemaker will provide the balls that the South Bend lacks, and this one will provide the finesse. This one came really well tooled but it's a 18 hour round trip to pick it up, I leave on Dec 27





                I'll miss the SB but I'm sure I can find someone that will give it a good home.

                I'm not glaoting. I'm not gloating. I'm not gloating. I'm not gloating.
                Mac

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Evan
                  Do a search on "green" here.

                  I need a slighty larger lathe but not that big. What I really need is a couple of inches more swing. I am considering jacking up the SB to see how it works. It sure wouldn't be difficult to do.
                  Aww come on Evan... its not that big. Only four inches more swing than your SB.

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                  • #10
                    Holy Sh*t Mac! You just went from a SB to (arguably) two of the best lathes ever made! The 10EE and Pacemaker combo is the goal I am struggling towards. That or a HLV. To me that is the best lathe combo - a big beast that is still capable of an extreme degree of precision but is meant to move serious metal (Pacemaker, L&S Powerturn, etc) and a smaller lathe for a high degree of accuracy and can handle the tiny parts that you just can't "feel" in a larger.

                    Nicely done for sure! That is a beautiful machine.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Fasttrack
                      A second smaller, "high speed" lathe is handy to have around for dinky little aluminum pieces.
                      Ya think I'll be able to hande dinky little aluminum pieces?
                      Mac

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                      • #12
                        Ok mac, it's official... I hate you....
                        Russ
                        Master Floor Sweeper

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BadDog
                          Ok mac, it's official... I hate you....
                          Russ...you leave my new stepdad alone dammit.
                          I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                          • #14
                            What, you in the will?

                            Fantastic looking machine, want to adopt me? I'm much easier to get along with than the other Russ
                            Russ
                            Master Floor Sweeper

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                            • #15
                              Two of the most Awesome lathes ever built.
                              I think there will be a new movie out after Christmas, called
                              " Mac in Wonderland"

                              Congratulations.

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