Mon, Sep 18, 2006, 10:09am firstname.lastname@example.org
(Lee Michaels) doth sayeth:
<snip> They are a high end, big buck, industrial kind of lathe. Not many
little guys can afford (or house) such a monster. But they are well
engineered and purty!
There is a however, as always. The however is, people have made
their own versions, for a lot less, and even larger. Somewhere around
here I've got enough info on how it has been done (on hard copy) to make
your own. I've got plans around for a wood lathe, that can basically be
made about any length you reasonably want, say 6-8 feet between centers.
The metal ones are really hevy duty, including on that a guy turns bowls
and stuff up to about 6 foot thru. Depending on what you're after one
could include a car/truck axle, possibly one, or more, car/truck
transmissions. If they're not heavy enough, some have hollow legs, so
they can be weighted down - even more - with sand, lead, whatever. You
might want to have a real strong floor too. I haven't pursued any of
this because, for now, my HF lathe answers all my needs. I would
imagine some of this stuff is somewhere on the web.
I am not paranoid. I do not "think" people are after me. I "know" damn
well they're after me.