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Old 11-21-2009, 05:28 PM   #16
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Fire up the baby Alas today......................Turned down some screw heads.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:30 PM   #17
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cast Iron. Gad. Ductile HT Iron. you'd think you were cutting Glass.
once cast has that heat glaze on it. you're fucked. get out the ceramic inserts. lots of them.

better yet when some yahoo thinks. "hey! lets just "weld" DOM to this wasted cylinder gland...which BTW is ductile iron. "but we'll use stainless wire as a shield"
I'll get pics monday. i just did one gland and have another to do monday.
oh joy..

never used a tracer. the jig mill used to have limit switches and a tracer for bolt patterns on engine blocks. the boss ripped that all out when he got it.
we never or rarely do more than a couple of anything.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:32 PM   #18
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Fire up the baby Alas today......................Turned down some screw heads.

looking at the link small E posted I got a chubby for a desktop/ jewelers lathe. A Hardinge would work... but a little jewelers would be more practical.

them little Atlas/ Craftsmans are pretty damn handy.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:36 PM   #19
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PS Bake.

I heard this along time ago
"if you're Gonna Fuck it up Fuck it up Fast. Time is money."

still holds true. cheaper to do it once slowly and right than have to go back and fix or redo it. material is cheaper than time..well...not in what I do. but for the most part.
it still rings true.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:39 PM   #20
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cast Iron. Gad. Ductile HT Iron. you'd think you were cutting Glass.
once cast has that heat glaze on it. you're fucked. get out the ceramic inserts. lots of them.

better yet when some yahoo thinks. "hey! lets just "weld" DOM to this wasted cylinder gland...which BTW is ductile iron. "but we'll use stainless wire as a shield"
I'll get pics monday. i just did one gland and have another to do monday.
oh joy..

never used a tracer. the jig mill used to have limit switches and a tracer for bolt patterns on engine blocks. the boss ripped that all out when he got it.
we never or rarely do more than a couple of anything.
pig iron machines easy, nice chip clean out

don't care much for stainless
welding yes, machining no
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:51 PM   #21
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pig iron machines easy, nice chip clean out

don't care much for stainless
welding yes, machining no
not once it's been hot. or any kind of welding. draws the carbon up and turns it to carbid. sucking in a major way.

dagwood screwed with this post 11-21-2009 at 06:21 PM
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:23 AM   #22
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new old toy.
a 1947 Axelson. 26' bed.
damn thing turns like a dream and has been ran end to end it's whole life.
first setup at 16' it had .003 taper. with only a 4 foot level used to place the screw jacks. I really like this lathe. a lot.



70's Lucas. just like every other lucas.
boring H-13 pillow blocks. yeay.


another 70's era mill. O.K.K. actually made in Japan and not china. 60 hp. hp rocks.
conveyor breaks for a pico unit.
this thing is actually fun. stupid simple.






people might say 70's aint old. but how many hours is that? they havent made them like that since the 70's. it was the end. now it's planned obsolescence. before then they were built to last and last they did as shown.

even more so. the pre 50's machines.
I like the machines we have that have the "War Effort" labels on them. they have feeling. something. that makes you think "who ran this? what did they make? who where they?" and ya know? they might be fickle, cantankerous, and dirty. but get the touch. the feel of what they can do. thats a good feeling. master something that someone else used 60, 70,80 years ago?
and yes the last place I worked had a 1914 Lucas horizontal mill. "War effort" but another older war...

and it's funny. i'm the kid in the shop. these guys all have 20-30 years on me in the trade. and they laugh when I take pics. to me it still means something more than a check. pride in workmanship etc...they've lost that. so sad. and you can tell who's lost it. you can tell who turned what.
maybe thats why I connect with the hands that used these old big bastards when the were Brand spankin new. they had a goal, a mission and were proud of what they did. it was more than a check.
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:44 AM   #23
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I had one of these for a few years, it was 3 phase which was a pain for me. (I know, phase converters and all, I used an extra motor to do it.)



I didn't use it much, so I sold it.

Recently my father-in-law gave me a craftsman variety 6" atlas lathe, like the one already mentioned, and man is that a handy little bugger. I use it more than that old mill.

and you don't need slaves + rollers to move it around egyptian style.

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Old 01-01-2010, 04:09 PM   #24
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I know Shinola about running those tools, but it sure is cool to look and read!

Thanks guys.

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Old 01-01-2010, 04:16 PM   #25
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That reminds me: I got a chance to see the shop where they build the generators at the plant I work at. They had a lathe with one of the shafts mounted; 29' long and about 30" on the couplings at each end. Pretty impressive....
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:57 PM   #26
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That reminds me: I got a chance to see the shop where they build the generators at the plant I work at. They had a lathe with one of the shafts mounted; 29' long and about 30" on the couplings at each end. Pretty impressive....
take pics.
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:11 PM   #27
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More Than a Check

sounds like a good song title. Probably Country Western but still.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:22 PM   #28
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My little Atlas. I know next to nothing about running it but it's fun to play with.
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:23 PM   #29
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Got this one in my shop
http://www.lathes.co.uk/rivettearly608/index.html

it is old but it was cheap and it works!
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:59 PM   #30
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This thread reminded my of something a machinist told about some really big lathes. Big enough that the operator could ride on the tool post. In the process of trying to find any information as to the existence of one, I got sidetracked by "Machinist Cubes". I have seen similar art hand carved from wood but these are really cool. Apparently it was a project given to apprentices as a real skill builder. Anyhow, CNC seems to take away some of the effort. The real fancy ones have the attaching points at the corners removed so the cubes float freely. The really fancy ones have a sphere inside the cube, all manually machined.
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