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by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preparing Machines for Moving
Replies: 27
Views: 946

Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

I had some fun yesterday. I was using a subsoiler to dislodge a stump, and I ran into a huge rock I didn't know was there. I had to use the tractor and a rope to lift it. Learned an interesting thing about lifting heavy things with ropes. You have to think about the possibility that they will swing ...
by SteveHGraham
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

Most of what I do is aluminum, and I couldn't ask for better results than I get with carbide.

I have no doubt that HSS does some things better, but man, it's nice, just grabbing that same old carbide tool and getting it done.
by SteveHGraham
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

Whether inserts cost a lot kind of depends on where you get them and how picky you are. Ebay generates a lot of bargains.

I don't use HSS much. If carbide was letting me down, I would.
by SteveHGraham
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

Mihit's posts on this matter are obviously not the most helpful, and my continuing to point out the obvious would be a waste of everyone's time. What I wrote is correct, and I hope the OP finds it useful.
by SteveHGraham
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

Oh, boy. Now we are getting into emotion and bordering on personal attacks. Not really what this forum is about. 1. You can thread without a dial, as I said (conveniently cut out of Mihit's quote). You can also do all your machining with files and a hand drill. It's very stupid, if you can avoid it....
by SteveHGraham
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One-Day Zoro Code
Replies: 0
Views: 100

One-Day Zoro Code

Zoro has a 25%-off code, today only: bestb5e11. Over $175.
by SteveHGraham
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drill press recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 214

Re: Drill press recommendations?

Fine Woodworking compares drill presses once in a while. You can find the info online. I think I got pretty lucky. I found an old Rockwell 17" on Craigslist. It has a split-head design, so you can tighten the head up as it wears. It also has 6" of spindle travel, and it has a special chuck that allo...
by SteveHGraham
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preparing Machines for Moving
Replies: 27
Views: 946

Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

The band saw has an eye at the top for lifting. Raising either machine by the base, without a pallet, would be disastrous. Even with a pallet, it would be unpleasant and risky. Shoving the forks under a machine while it's on its side (as mine were in the truck) would tear the machine up. Forklift fo...
by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

If you're buying small and/or used because it's what fits your budget, fine, but if you can easily afford bigger and newer, it's the way to go.
by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

Buying used only works when you have an experienced person to take with you. There is a lot of worn-out garbage out there.
by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

I have a variable-speed mill and a 12-speed lathe. I don't find variable speed to be a big deal. Machinists lived without it for decades and did fine work. It's nice to have on a drill press, though. Changing belts gets old. You will have to have a threading dial if you want to thread. Even mini-lat...
by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

Mini-lathes are a pain to use. You can do good work with them, but you need to know what you're in for. You really want a quick change gear box for threading. Personally, I think 12 x 36 is a good place to start, if you can manage the cost. If you stick it out and go with a mini-lathe, you will want...