Metal Lathe Page
First purchase was a 9X20 Jet bench lathe. The lathe I purchased was plagued with problems, mostly due in my opinion to the machine being made on a Friday afternoon. After innumerable phone calls to the manufacturer and the local sales agent it was returned for a refund.
The next, and still current, lathe is a Clausing 10X36 with Flame Hardened ways and a power cross feed.
Some repair work was needed to put it into shape. The cross saddle screw and nut were replaced, reducing the 0.060" slop to a more manageable level. I also had to repair an idler gear mounting in the headstock for the lead screw reversing mechanism. A clean up, new drive belt, lubrication and some lighting completed the repairs. Someday I plan to strip and repaint it. At a later date I converted it to 3 phase.
Here's a shot from one of our Yahoo Valley Metal group meetings. We did a session on setting up a lathe and met at my house. I am center drilling a test bar while club founder Marty Escarcega looks on.