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  • Enterprise lathe

    I am looking at a enterprise lathe that is coming up for auction.
    Has anyone out there used one of these lathes before?
    If so what is your impression of this lathe.
    The one I am looking at appears to be in the 13by36 size range.

  • #2
    I learned on one in college, it was a fine machine. My friend runs that same lathe in college and its still going strong 17 years later. (he gets his degree after fall quarter.)

    I liked it better than any of the south bend old belt drives they had, it way way tougher and stouter.


    • #3
      Enterprise lathes are made in India. The have a good reputation for an import, but you will probably be on your own for repair parts.


      • #4
        Thank's for the input!


        • #5
          Lathe Dog, I used one at a votech class a few yrs. ago, a little smaller I think. I really liked it, much better than the SB heavy ten they had. Don't remember, but I think it was inch-metric. Some of the compound bolts were kind of cheesy and had to be replaced, but that was the only complaint I remember.


          • #6
            I have a 15x40 Enterprise built about 1974. I bought it at a school board auction for $265. That included a 3 and 4 jaw chuck, 2 face plates, turret tool post, and a taper attachment.

            I've been very pleased with it so far. It's a great improvement over a 12x 24 Craftsman/Atlas.
            No matter where you go, there you are!

            Hal C.


            • #7
              We had 2 of them built back in the mid 70's at the Vo-tec school I went to. Both machines were broken most of the time and parts were difficult to get back in the late 70's early 80's. Most of the guys I went to school with loved the South Bend vari-drives anyway, they were way more robust than the 15" Enterprise lathes we had.