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    I am looking for a lathe that has a spindle bore of 1.375" or there abouts (larger ok, 1.25" might work also).

    I dont care about the distance between centers as long as the tail stock can be removed.

    I have looked at Grizzly, HF, Prazi and Tiag. Dont seem to have what I need.

    Anybody know of a company with this?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Try looking for a used Sheldon. Some of them have the larger spindle bores. They're popular with gunsmiths for that reason.

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    • #3
      The Grizzly 12x24 & 12x36 have a 1 7/16" hole through the spindle, the bigger machines have 1 1/2". I have a H.F. 12x36 with a 1 1/2" bore. I personally wouldn't get a lathe smaller than 12x36.
      Location: North Central Texas

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      • #4
        I have an 11" x 32" Logan (2-1/4"-8 threaded spindle) with a 1-5/16" spindle bore. I've seen similar ones available on Ebay (where, in fact, the previous owner got mine.)

        Doc.
        Doc's Machine. (Probably not what you expect.)

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        • #5
          And why can't the tailstock be removed on the Grizz/Enco/HF 12x36. They had to put it there in the first place.
          Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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          • #6
            The South Bend Heavy Ten is 1-3/8" through the spindle. It is probably one of the smaller lathes available with this spindle bore. It is one of the better lathes for the HSM too.

            I have a Sheldon 13 X 56.
            Jim H.

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            • #7
              Spin Dr.

              Maybe a bit of a miss understanding. I was thinking that maybe there is a mini lathe, 7x12 or something that is made with a large spindle bore.

              I am trying to get a machine that is small, can handle some simple machining, drilling, taping and some small turning. For all that I need only about 6inches from the chuck for the tool work.

              The rest of the length, 30+ inches is NOT for any tool work and then I can remove the tail stock (if needed) and mount the tail stock on a jig farther out. Great accuracy for the longer lengeth is NOT needed (of course the straighter you are the better)since there is no tool work at that lenghth and all I am doing is sanding some wood.

              a 12 x 36 is fine and then I dont need to remove the tail stock. But its bigger than I need/want. Plus quite a bit more than a mini lathe.

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              • #8
                Spin,

                The tailstock CAN be removed on my Grizzly 12x36. No problem at all, you remove a screw that is between the ways and slide it off. Takes about 10 seconds.




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                Paul in NE Ohio
                Paul in NE Ohio

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                • #9
                  Cuemaker, I'd look at the possibilities of opening up the spindle on a smaller machine to its absolute max ... or fabricating a new one with larger spindle bore. You could even change the bearings as required if there was enough beef around them to accomodate a larger outer race. Probably feasible on a belt driven machine.

                  South Bend had a smaller lathe with huge bore and I think it took 5C collets. I want to say it was a 9" model and am pretty sure I've seen a live one ... once.

                  Den

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                  • #10
                    I saw a neat little lathe for cue making that was based on a sherline base model lathe, it was mounted in its own birch plywood "box" kind of like a rifle case but more rigid, maybe 7" by 15" by 4'the bax doubled as the bed extension. why do you have to have a large bore? maybe you could use a steady rest or cats head to stabilize the work? a sherline steady will hold 3" material(just barely) from what I remember. Is this for turnings/parts for the cue handle and tips? good luck, the more details we get the more we can help.


                    Samuel

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                    • #11
                      you need the large bore in order to chuck up on the butt or the joint of the cue. A finished butt of a cue would require at least a 1.25 spindle bore. A finished joint is near 1 inch. I would want this particular machine to be able to drill and tape the joint, handle and butt of the cue. Of course unfinished size is larger than finished.

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                      • #12
                        I don't know if you've seen the guys site;
                        http://www.gatzkecues.com/


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                        Gene
                        Gene

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                        • #13
                          Rob, go to www.cuesmith.com
                          He has just what you are looking for, from basic repair to cutting for points and inlays, Bobby

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                          • #14
                            Cool website. The little lathe that you saw is a Hightower lathe.

                            Believe me, he has a much bigger lathe somewhere to turn the cues and probably the shafts too, unless he has a dedicated machine for shafts.

                            His Delux lathe is 1800 bucks. It does what I want but 1800 seems to be alot for what it is.

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                            • #15
                              Both of the lathes at the above sites are based on Taig parts and pieces. The 'Erector Set' of lathes.


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                              Gene
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