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    Re: Harbor Freight or what?
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    Senior Member Lance-W's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-fab View Post
    Jet or Grizzly would be better.
    +1 !

    Or like some of the others have said an older American made lathe. I have an old Southbend that I can't believe I ever lived without. You can see it behind the cage in this picture.

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    And remember, antique doesn't always means obsolete.
    Traded this 100+ year old lathe for a $25 yard sale table saw I had. I don't use it daily but it's there when I need it.
    It was originally driven by a river powered water wheel, it was upgraded to electric in 1914..lol I stored the 1914 motor so I didn't wear it out.

    I also made a milling attachment for it so it can do double duty if needed. I admit having to change gears takes longer than moving a lever, but it was essentially free.





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    Now that we are havin a show-N- tell with our cool old Lathe's
    Here's a few picts of mine

    I got it from a local guy for $1500. Think it was around 2001 or so .It was in the basement of a condemed haus . We had to take it out a hole in three pieces . I bet ya cant guess which part was the heavest the bed . head or carrierasy . LOL

    Its a Rockford Lathe&Drill Co. made in rockford Ill
    Its got a quick change gear box and can cut left or right treads also has a 4 jaw self align chuck . It is the only Lathe I ever ran and like any old machines its deff got its own personality...

    The question is not if its gona roll. Its when ..

    That be some kind of church cruzzer or commuter bike thingy ?
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    High tech!! Comparatively speaking.
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    No, on the HF lathe/mill. Sloppy stuff.

    Maybe find something used on Craigslist first. Not difficult to measure run-out and backlash on used stuff. The cool thing about decent used equipment is #1 it tends to hold its value so as long as its in working condition, and #2 you often get some bonus/free tooling with the used unit (maybe at least enough to get you started).
    "Hello. My name is Dan and I'm addicted to buggies."
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