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Going big early... from Western MA
Nov 25th, 2016 at 10:02pm
 
Hey all I got bitten by the WW bug a couple of years back and now that I'm done with my graduate degree, and more time on my hands I'm starting to dedicate more time to WW. I have a penchant for old and as big as I can manage tools. I feel they're built super stout, and I'm good with electronics and tool refurbishment so I always seem to be getting myself another lonely forlorn machine that needs some TLC.

A couple of months back I purchased a Blount Patternmaker's lathe with an 8ft bed, 440v 3 phase motor, and tons of tooling (still need to verify if any are HSS) for a song. I've slowly accumulated the necessary electronics needed (220 to 440v xfmr, vfd, remote controls inputs to VFD) to bring this beast back to its former glory.  I joined a wood turner's club and I'm hoping to get this thing under power in the next month or so. I'm looking forward to learning from everyone on the site.
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #1 - Nov 26th, 2016 at 8:27am
 
Welcome to the site.

Now, THAT's a LATHE.
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #2 - Nov 26th, 2016 at 9:58am
 
That's a big beast,  Thumbs Up
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #3 - Nov 26th, 2016 at 11:23am
 
Is that a Brigeport (or 2) in the background?
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #4 - Nov 27th, 2016 at 9:26am
 
Welcome Max.  That is a monster for sure.  Enjoy
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #5 - Nov 27th, 2016 at 10:50pm
 
I'm looking forward to learning from everyone on the site.

If you can get the Blount working, it sounds like most of us can learn from you Smiley
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #6 - Nov 29th, 2016 at 10:00am
 
Wow!

Go big or go home.

How big is your fork lift? Grin
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #7 - Nov 29th, 2016 at 10:54pm
 
Ron Sardo wrote on Nov 26th, 2016 at 11:23am:
Is that a Brigeport (or 2) in the background?


Those are two mortising machines in the background. This picture was in the auction listing where it resided at a vocational school that no longer had a need for the lathe. Sadly I don't have room for a mortiser of that size... maybe if I was able to build a dedicated shop but for now I work out of a basement with 7ft ceilings.
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #8 - Nov 29th, 2016 at 11:01pm
 
Steve Arnold wrote on Nov 29th, 2016 at 10:00am:
Wow!

Go big or go home.

How big is your fork lift? Grin

Steve Arnold wrote on Nov 29th, 2016 at 10:00am:
Wow!

Go big or go home.

How big is your fork lift? Grin



I wish I had a forklift. I actually bought a HF 1 ton engine hoist for the pickup of the lathe. Broken into pieces its quite manageable. The most time consuming part of the whole process was taking pictures of everything I was disassembling, labeling all of the wiring that was being disconnected (~32 wires), and moving other machinery so I could load my lathe. The picture in the post isn't indicative of its actual location when I went to pick it up. I was actually a little pissed off because they had all of the machines outside uncovered, rusting away and crammed way to close together. Thankfully the machines weren't stacked on top of each other, but I'm sure they would have if possible. Grin
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #9 - Nov 30th, 2016 at 10:37am
 
So... I see you must be into making pens and bottle stoppers.... Cheesy Wink Grin
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #10 - Nov 30th, 2016 at 10:18pm
 
Tom Coghill wrote on Nov 30th, 2016 at 10:37am:
So... I see you must be into making pens and bottle stoppers.... Cheesy Wink Grin

Haha exactly... I got this lathe for the really small detail work Grin. From everything I've read it said you can do small stuff on a big lathe but not the other way around. I figured with it bed length and weight there isn't much I couldn't do on this thing... granted I have to do some serious turning before I come close to utilizing this beast to its full potential.
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #11 - Dec 4th, 2016 at 7:53pm
 
Nice machine! and Welcome!
Look forward to seeing how you progress.
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Re: Going big early... from Western MA
Reply #12 - Jan 30th, 2017 at 11:25pm
 
Wow and i thought i got a big lathe for my first one. A oneway 2036
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