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Large dia. turning (Read 316 times)
 
Philip Davis
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Large dia. turning
Aug 10th, 2017 at 4:09am
 
When turning large diameters i.e. greater than lathe swing, is it better to turn the headstock to the front of the lathe, or take it to the end? Which is more stable?
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Re: Large dia. turning
Reply #1 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 9:21am
 
Philip,

It would help us if we knew the lathe type and size to determine the best answer.  Can you post that info too?

At this point I would have to say "It Depends", which is no help.

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Re: Large dia. turning
Reply #2 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 9:25am
 
It depends on how large/heavy of a piece compared to how large/heavy of a stance or footprint your lathe has.
An oversized piece will more easily tip a lathe when the head stock is turned to the side than the end.
The ability to swivel the head stock is a great feature for access but for extra large and/or heavy pieces, it would be safer to slide to the end.
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Re: Large dia. turning
Reply #3 - Aug 10th, 2017 at 10:59am
 
...and if you are still nervous, add a couple of sandbags at the opposite end of the lathe from the piece.

Never hurts to add a couple hundred pounds to the lathe... well... you can throw your backout lifting them, but other that THAT... Shocked

I bought my Powermatic 3520b for the reason ( one of many) that the head can slide all the way to the other end.
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