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    I really hope someone can help with this, What I'm looking for is a 18" dia. D1-6 mount lathe face plate. Money is an issue so a cheap chinese slotted face plate would work just fine as it's going to be faced flat before use.

    Have searched the web with no real luck, MSC,ENCO do not even list them, Even tried Grizzly and tried to order 14" dia. that comes with their G0484 lathe. As I didn't buy the lathe they can't or won't sell this to me even with me offering to pick it up at the Bellingham store. so questions are, Why hardly anyone even list's them, I can think of numerous job's that could'nt be done with any other system of part holding. Have found a few used one"s but prices run around $ 1000.00 u.s. and then who knows how bad the D1-6 mount has been beat on, A grand for a USED face plate??? I don't think so!!!

    Yes I could order a D1-6 back plate, order some 1 1/2- 2" thick steel or aluminum and build one but with metal cost's plus shipping this will cost more than a cast iron chinese face plate, Since I live in southern b.c. a supplier close to me would be a definite bonus. And just to make it a little tougher I really need this shipped and in my hands before jan. 14th as this face plate is going to be used in south westeren ontario and the end user will be driving back there at that time. SO anybody have any leads on this? Western u.s./canada will work for me. THANKS IN ADVANCE to anyone that can help me out on this problem.

    Pete

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    18" is pretty hefty considering that your average chineese "junk" is marketed towards home shop guys. Not too many home shop machinists have a lathe that can swing 18". 18" may be on the small side of what some professional shops can handle, but they are likely to drop the money on a nice "made in usa" or whatever faceplate.

    Can't help you find one, but I suspect your going to have a tough time finding one that is marketed as an "economy" type faceplate!

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    • #3
      Watch for auctions in your area, the big faceplates bring NOTHING. I saw a guy buy one around 20" for (I think?) about $10. Said he was going to make a drill press table or something like that out of it. I've got a 16", but it's not for sale.
      Russ
      Master Floor Sweeper

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      • #4
        Sounds like a good use for a spare manhole cover.

        Seriously, do you know anybody at the city works dept? You also might check with Bell Machinery in Vancouver.
        http://www.bellmachineryltd.com/
        Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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        • #5
          Like this one!

          http://www.industrialsurplus.com/chucks/012c-060.htm

          Here's a 16" with the pins for a C note more.

          http://www.industrialsurplus.com/chucks/012c-005.htm
          Last edited by QSIMDO; 12-18-2008, 06:07 PM.
          Len

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          • #6
            I checked with Bruce Bell and he can get you one from china for a very reasonable price. He is going to email me back the details after he here's back from his supplier. I regularly buy from him and just happen to be making an order with him today so I asked for you, will post again with his reply.

            al
            I spent most of my money on women and booze, the rest I just wasted.

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            • #7
              Oh and he has a 16" in stock btw. email- [email protected]
              I spent most of my money on women and booze, the rest I just wasted.

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              • #8
                The are available at shars tool. Cheap too.

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                • #9
                  kbc catalogue has faceplates, 18" is d1-8 though...they have a 14" D1 6 for 300 cdn, not bad
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fasttrack
                    18" is pretty hefty considering that your average chineese "junk" is marketed towards home shop guys. Not too many home shop machinists have a lathe that can swing 18". 18" may be on the small side of what some professional shops can handle, but they are likely to drop the money on a nice "made in usa" or whatever faceplate.

                    Can't help you find one, but I suspect your going to have a tough time finding one that is marketed as an "economy" type faceplate!

                    Reading your post here, I almost thought I was on Practical Machinist for a while. Don't worry, though. I'm used to being run down for the cheap Chinese crap that I own. I'm also one of those home shop guys you refer to. It makes me feel right at home.

                    By the way, my cheap Chinese junk Enco Lathe came with its very own cheap chinese 13" face plate. It works great, too.

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                    • #11
                      Again this site comes thru, I haven't asked too many questions here over the yrs. but have never been let down on information. THANK YOU ALL, I will be on the phone tomorrow. Evan, Manhole covers have too much snow on em, can't find one right now.

                      Pete

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                      • #12
                        Make your own!

                        The last parragraph by Forrest in the below link is very interesting.

                        http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=32125

                        Rgds
                        Michael

                        Australia

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                        • #13
                          Be very careful!!

                          Michael.

                          Forrest's advice is very good - but it comes with a caveat that many have neglected to regret later.

                          Watch out for "out of balance" as if clamping etc. is inadequate, things can "let go" from a face-plate if the speed/RPM is too high. Face-plate work is potentially the most dangerous work in the shop. My lathe has a lowest speed of about 115 RPM and I am VERY wary of the setting-up. It might be OK when it is "spun up" but things can change dramatically if the cutting load is excessive.

                          I prefer to use the 10" face-plate on my 8" rotary table as it can handle 12" with ease. I use my boring-head in the mill to finish-off any necessary accurate boring work. I remove the bulk of stuff with a milling cutter with the rotab used as a boring mill "table" which I turn by hand.

                          Don't neglect "turning on the rotary table" as a very viable option. Mine works very well with indexed cutters, large end-mills, "roughing" (aka "corn-cob") cutters, fly-cutters and the like.

                          In short, using the face-plate on the lathe is a method of last resort unless I am very certain that all is OK.

                          I am NOT saying that any work should not be done on a face-plate at all.

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                          • #14
                            Oldtiffie no problems with too much speed as the TOS lathe it's going on has just over 19" swing BEFORE removing the gap and I believe around 25-35 rpm bottom speed, Still thank you for the warning, will keep it in mind.

                            Pete

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                            • #15
                              Sent you a PM uncle pete.

                              Scott

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