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  • Alternative uses for a brake drum lathe?

    I have this old Van Norman #333 lathe that will handle large drums. The spindle will travel 5". It has a diameter of 2.875, reduced at the end for flanges to clamp a drum. The cross slid will travel about 8" and holds a 1.750" boring bar.

    What could I do with this besides brake drums? Any ideas welcome, even crackpot ones.

  • #2
    If it looks like this, it's pretty limited in its uses. The drum is held on the end of the spindle which isn't shown in the photo. It looks like you could only get the tool to the outer portion of a flat workpiece and the inside and outside of a cylinder attached to it.

    You might be able to face flywheels, clutch parts, and brake rotors.

    http://www.cavcosales.com/used/image...Drum_Lathe.JPG



    Roger

    [This message has been edited by winchman (edited 05-06-2004).]
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    • #3
      I think this could be used for wooden bowl turning if it was slightly modified.That's what I'd do with it anyway .Good Luck Alistair
      Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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      • #4
        Winchman, that is the same one. What is one of these worth, thanks.

        Alistair, I don't really need any wooden bowls but that is one use I didn't think of.

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        • #5
          I have no idea of the value other than the price ($1185) listed here:

          http://www.cavcosales.com/used/misc.html

          That seems a bit high, but who knows?

          Roger


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          • #6
            Unlike a lot of these specialised machine tools which are only good for boat anchors this one still has some use.

            You could use it for an anchor winch.

            John S.
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            Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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            • #7
              I would "turn" he he.. it into a metal spinning lathe/heavy duty wood turning lathe, with a built in circle shear/cutter?


              Samuel

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              • #8
                I think Alistair has the best idea. The crossslide looks like it is plenty strong enough to support a beefy L-shaped tool rest to get around the bowl. That would be easy duty for the machine, and it could still be used for its original purpose.

                I won't recommend woodworking over metalworking, but if you've never tried working with wood, you've missed one of the finer pleasures in life. Making a wooden prototype can also be quite helpful in figuring out how to make the metal version.





                Roger
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                • #9
                  Hmmmn....If I was to mount a car flywheel on the spindle, could I use it to lap stuff? I can't get excited about wood. It goes against the grain.

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                  • #10
                    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Mike W:
                    Hmmmn....If I was to mount a car flywheel on the spindle, could I use it to lap stuff? I can't get excited about wood. It goes against the grain. </font>
                    Well. Don't bark at me for mentioning this, but what about some sort of grinder.
                    I'll leaf it up to others to come up with other ideas.

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