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  • Lathes

    I never owned a lathe, but my in the know friend recommended me to look into a Smithy 3 in 1 if i was to purchase one.
    4~ Tudor's
    1~ Coupe

    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

  • #2
    What are you going to use it for?
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      Some of the same stuff you guys do

    • DaWizard
      DaWizard commented
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      So you are going to build live steam engines and fart around making tools and tidbits. Ok

      I also recommend getting a Mill too since these guys don't have a combo mill lathe. Be sure to get something with a digital read out, you will use that most of all, or you will wind up using analog dial indicators. Both work, but the DRO is better.
      Last edited by DaWizard; 09-03-2017, 11:18 AM.

    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      No steam engines just general tooling around
      I'm kinda in the same boat as Mike V

    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      Thanks Wiz

  • #3
    Depends on what you are going to use it for. How big a swing ,4 jaw chuck, 3 jaw chuck, do you want a face plate.
    Mine is a old tool room lathe. My expence with one does it all is not so good, but it might be ok for a lot of jobs. But a old name brand tool room lathe will last and do very good work.( ps just make sure all the screw slots are in line.)

    But you will need a nice little Bridgeport mill. You can do a lot with a good Bridgeport mill.


    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      Thanks George

    • DaWizard
      DaWizard commented
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      You can't go wrong with a Bridgeport mill. I can do just about everything I do on a Bridgeport, including turning parts.

      It's all in the setup !

      A skilled machinist on a Bridgeport is a wonder to behold!

      I learned a lot from a skilled machinist who totally built from scratch carburetors on a Bridgeport while I worked for him on his lathes. I only wish I could remember the big company that stole his idea.
      Last edited by DaWizard; 09-03-2017, 03:01 PM.

  • #4

    Doing some more reading the 3 in 1 may not do as good as a job and your spending more time switching things around, with space limitations
    4~ Tudor's
    1~ Coupe

    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr


    • #5
      JUST THINK, with all the BIG expense, etc, of building a LATHE, the final, actual work is being done by an ITTY-BITTY, POINTY BIT!---AMAZING!!!!
      KDad Brainboggled


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