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Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe? (Read 555 times)
 
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Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Apr 25th, 2017 at 10:17pm
 
I guess there's a good reason for this but I don't get it. It seems to me that the lever that locks down the tailstock and keeps it from sliding on the ways should be located on the front of the tailstock so that it would be much more accessible.

I'm sure that some of you are thinking that it would just be in the way if it were placed on the front; but would it really? I think it would be very easy to work around it if it were more conveniently placed.

If we can work around the banjo lockdown, why not the tailstock lockdown?
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #1 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 8:27am
 
Not that way on my lathe. Most likely a feature of your lathe.  Maybe time to start looking at a better lathe.... but you ARE right. It is a stupid design to put it where it is the least accessible.

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Reply #2 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 8:31am
 
I think it just depends on the manufacturer.  On my novas (1624 and Comet II) it is located at the end of the tailstock.
A lot are on the back side but I did find at least one on the front as you describe.  My daughter is a leftie so it is probably a bit easier for her on the end rather than the back.
The lock for the quill may be on top or it may be on the backside.
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Reply #3 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 8:41am
 
I do agree it should be in front or on the end.  Anyone with one of those badly designed cheapo's .....I will swap even my Nova 1624 for your American Beauty. Smiley
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #4 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 8:47am
 
Steve Arnold wrote on Apr 25th, 2017 at 10:17pm:
I'm sure that some of you are thinking that it would just be in the way if it were placed on the front; but would it really? I think it would be very easy to work around it if it were more conveniently placed.

If we can work around the banjo lockdown, why not the tailstock lockdown?


Yes, it's designed to be out of the way so as not to interfere with the operator  and/or tools.
You can easily work around the banjo lock-down because it is usually pretty close to underneath the tool being used, not in an area where you might hit it with your tool handle or body. The tailstock lock-down handle could easily interfere with many turning operations if it were to protrude from the front side of the lathe bed. In my experience, sometimes the tailstock itself is in the way.

Ralph Fahringer wrote on Apr 26th, 2017 at 8:27am:
Not that way on my lathe. Most likely a feature of your lathe.  Maybe time to start looking at a better lathe.... but you ARE right. It is a stupid design to put it where it is the least accessible.


Many lathes (even new ones) are designed this way.

I have not looked into this but it's a very simple mechanism. You may be able to disassemble and reverse the handle if you want to.

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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #5 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 9:27am
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Apr 26th, 2017 at 8:27am:
Maybe time to start looking at a better lathe....

I went from a Jet 1221VS to a Jet 1640EVS, so this IS a better lathe. Wink

Ed Weber wrote on Apr 26th, 2017 at 8:47am:
I have not looked into this but it's a very simple mechanism. You may be able to disassemble and reverse the handle if you want to.

I've thought about doing this, but I just haven't been able to muster up the guts to give it a shot. Now that I know that I'm not the only one to think of it, it might be time. Thumbs Up
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #6 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 10:26am
 
I adjusted my rear lever to lock in vertical position and turned a wood extension to reach above the tailstock. Better leverage and easier on my hand.
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Reply #7 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 10:44am
 
I believe that Oneway has their's on the back side of the lathe, and I've never heard of the being called a "cheapo"
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Reply #8 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 12:36pm
 
I am LEFT HANDED! I like the lock on back of tailstock. It is out of the way and I don't have to worry about hitting it when I turn.

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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #9 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 12:41pm
 
Grant Wilkinson wrote on Apr 26th, 2017 at 10:44am:
I believe that Oneway has their's on the back side of the lathe, and I've never heard of the being called a "cheapo"


My tongue-in-cheek remark about "cheapo" was in response to Ralph's "Most likely a feature of your lathe.  Maybe time to start looking at a better lathe.." Hence the Smiley
Not sure what lathe you look at better than a Oneway or Robust....
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #10 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 1:03pm
 
No worries, Mike. I've turned on a few lathes with it at the back and didn't find it a problem to access. I've turned on two with it on the front and hit the handle when leaning to hollow bowls. I guess the good compromise is to have it on the end.
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #11 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 1:06pm
 
Steve

I thought the same thing several years ago and wanted to move it to my side. Then I thought about it for several months and thought I would snag my arms or anything else on it while I was turning so I stayed with it.

I can swap it now with my PM3520b but will not do it.  I think I would be to clumsy and always hitting my arm or something else on the lever.
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #12 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 1:50pm
 
I have to agree with Ed in that it is on the back side to be out of the way of the turner.  Unlike the tail stock lever, the lever for the banjo can be moved either to the right or the left of center to lock it in place, since straight up is the release.  Thus, it can be moved out of the way of the turner  or tail stock.

All of my lathes have had the lever on the backside of the tail stock and I have not found it to be a problem.
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Reply #13 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 5:38pm
 
I like my Stubby, tail stock locking lever is in the middle of the tail stock😉
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #14 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 5:45pm
 
I like mine where it is... on the Oneway it is on the non-operator side.  Would that make it a backside tailstock?? sounds redundant.... Huh Roll Eyes Lips Sealed
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #15 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 7:52pm
 
Glenn Jacobs wrote on Apr 26th, 2017 at 12:36pm:
I am LEFT HANDED! I like the lock on back of tailstock.


So am I, and I started this thread!Grin
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #16 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 8:20pm
 
David Moeller wrote on Apr 26th, 2017 at 10:26am:
I adjusted my rear lever to lock in vertical position and turned a wood extension to reach above the tailstock.


Not a bad idea, but you still have to reach behind the tailstock when it's in the unlocked position.
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Re: Why Is the Tailstock Lockdown On the Rear of the lathe?
Reply #17 - Apr 26th, 2017 at 9:01pm
 

My tailstock lock is capable of being on either side.  My style of approach is influenced by some physical limitations and if on the front, it tends to cause body pains.  (I get to park in blue spaces).

Depending on what you turn and how you use the tools, the choices are available. 

Have to admit this is the first occasion where I have heard of tailstock handle location being a key criteria for evaluation of a lathe.

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