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    I'm new to this list, but it looks like there are plenty of experienced people out there who can answer my questions. Here's the first one (many more to come):
    I'm nearing completion on rebuilding an 11" Logan lathe, and I want to put a quick-change tool post on it. It seems as though I can go with either the AXA or BXA; is there a good reason not to choose the larger of the two? I don't have the dimensions for the stud that goes into the t-nut, but I imagine either size will fit through the t-slot (1" wide). The center height from the top of the compound is 1 1/16. Thanks in advance!

    Andrew

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    Andy,
    Go with the smaller (AxA) toolpost, The most
    obvious problem is that the larger unit may not allow you to put the tool bit on center line of the work piece. I use a AxA
    on my 12x36 with no problems.
    Non, je ne regrette rien.

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    • #3
      Yes -- I'd get the smaller. There is no reason to get the larger one for the size of lathe you have.
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      • #4
        3 or 4 years ago when I faced the same delima w/my 13" lathe, I too felt that bigger was better. But when I got home with it and started using it I quickly realized some tool bits simply couldn't be lowered enough to get it cutting on center. Thankfully my supplier let me swap for the smaller size.
        Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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        • #5
          Thanks a lot for the advice. If I hadn't asked, I probably would have gone ahead and gotten the BXA.

          Andrew

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          • #6
            You can download Acrobat files from the Dorian site which have drawings and all dimensions and capacities of thier Quick Change toolposts.

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            • #7
              dwo

              And that site would be... www.doriantool.com

              Nice stuff and good sales - for Americans only! Bummer.

              Dave

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              • #8
                Hey dave ...Looks like we're the 53rd State then over here in good ol' UK ~ J& L stock their stuff. Must admit the dovetail cutter (see my earlier post ref Dorlan (spl)) has worked a treat ~ cut through some slideway close grain C.I like the preverbial through butter.

                RR

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                • #9
                  Ragarsed

                  Yup, Dorian makes nice tools. If you ever come across one of their cutting type knurlers cheap - buy it. You won't be sorry!

                  They make the only tool posts that are .ooo1" repeatability - no BS.

                  KBC and Travers sell Dorian here too. I just think their prices are ridiculous. It is at least 40% cheaper for me to order from Dorian direct. I do not like getting hosed.

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