Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Ballast

Don Orr
>As kind of a follow up to the Delta/Mini stand thread below, I want to add some mass to my lathe and want to know if sand (or gravel) is the only solution. Can I use large steel plates (like front end tractor weights) instead ? Or does the looser material help absorb vibrations better. I do like the idea of coarser gravel instead of sand. Harder for it to escape and cause problems. But it takes up so much space for the weight. What are my real options ?
Thanks for any advice, Don

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