Turning Archive 2005
George (Oxford, NC)
>Ok, so I'm going Saturday to look at the HF lathe:
Now what do I look for? So far I will look at the machine running in all speeds, looking for smoothness. I know that the headstock center and the tailstock center should match very very closely. I will check the rotation of the headstock. I will check the operation of the toolrest/banjo for smoothness and 'lockability'. Is there any other areas of a lathe that need to be looked at closely when evaluating the purchase of a used machine? Never having had a lathe, I want to be sure to check all that needs to be checked so I have less chance of a surprise later.