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Is it my turn? Anything to do with lathes, mills and other shop tools

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by gggGary, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    ...and you thought motorcycles were an addictive hobby...HA!...and so it begins.:rolleyes:
     
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  2. 2XSive

    2XSive At least one screw loose behind the handle bars XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    thumbnail_20200311_143022.jpg CIMG2875Small.jpg Here it sits in my pole barn waiting for the Kubota to help hoist it off the trailer. Second pic is stolen from the internet in what it should ideally look like once restored.
     
  3. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Well like Beags said..... now ya stepped in it. ;) You gonna restore it or just clean it up?
     
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  4. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    SWEET!! Just like my first PwrKraft lathe (mfgd. by Logan - sold by MontgomeryWard). "Just need a COUPLE pieces of tooling...", or so the saying goes
     
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  5. 2XSive

    2XSive At least one screw loose behind the handle bars XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    My first reaction is to initially clean it all up and inspect everything as best as possible and make sure there is nothing critically worn out. If all is good, do a full tear down/restore. What do y'all suggest?
     
  6. 2XSive

    2XSive At least one screw loose behind the handle bars XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    So Beags, was it a good lathe to learn on? What are the downfalls/pitfalls I should be aware? Lots of owners on Youtube and a Yahoo forum dedicated to these old Logans, and they seem to love em. It's got a full set of change gears, but I'm not into cutting threads at least not yet. Would have to get a different set of gears for metric...not worried about that at this time. There's a website available for ordering just about any part needed: Logan Actuator Co. https://store.lathe.com/
     
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  7. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I did a light restoration (if that's even a thing :rolleyes: ) on my Atlas about 4 yrs ago. It's the same age as the lathe you just picked up. I enjoyed doing it but.... if I had it to do over, I'd prolly just clean it up and make it usable. Restorations are for museums. I use this one and it really doesn't look restored anymore.

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  8. 2XSive

    2XSive At least one screw loose behind the handle bars XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    I'm always blown away at all the creative uses I see with lathes on this forum. Your lathe still looks great Jim. I just like having a clean shop with nice looking and practical use tools. So yeah, a partial/light restore sounds like a good approach.
     
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  9. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Just like you Larry, I'm just a rookie. First time I ever used a lathe... was this Atlas after it was back together. Main reason I restored it was it came to me in a half a dozen cardboard boxes. It was like putting a jigsaw puzzle together... having never seen a jigsaw. If it was already together, I'd prolly just have used it.
    I still have a lot to learn about spinning chunks of metal.
     
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  10. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    I'm with Jim, clean her up, make any needed repairs and start throwin' chips. I had ZERO experience when I got mine. Mr. Pete, Tom's Techniques and others on UTube got me started. I liked mine so well bought another Logan - mod.920 11x24 - that I still run today.
    Metal chips are like potato chips...once you start it's hard to stop!
     
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  11. Ratranger

    Ratranger XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Got the mill unloaded into storage in oklahoma until I get a house. 20200311_151612.jpg
     
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  12. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Oh man we gotta see before pics! Search lathe leveling, there's simple acurate diy solutions out there.
     
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  13. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    Agreed. Amen. If it isn't dinged, scratched, dirty, greasy, etc., it isn't abuse, it's use. If you're crashing the deck, breaking things, ripping out gears... different story. Take a class. Better yet, get some class. Go ahead, 2XSive, set it up and make something!
    waterworld.jpg Deacon says "...Don't just stand there... MAKE something!!!..."
     
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  14. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

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  15. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Like the work light! Just hope you did not empty that bottle while running the lathe!
     
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  16. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    What I find interesting in the machining enthusiasts forums is the vast number of projects that involve tool rebuilding and attachments fabrication/acquisition.

    More so than actually making other things.

    Quite a hobby, huh?
     
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  17. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    I'd wager that a solid 1/3 of the time I'm making tooling/fixtures/jigs to do some other op. But it's a win-win situation, a new tool & experience always a good combo.
     
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  18. Ratranger

    Ratranger XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    So I bought a random machine today. A Whitney #6 horizontal mill. It's little, about 4ft high, has a BS 9 taper( I can buy a collet set on ebay). Should be interesting to mess with, hasn't been run since the 60s.
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  19. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Looks quite similar to the U.S. Machine Tool #1 I had for a while, never did get it running
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  20. Tiesco

    Tiesco XS650 Addict

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    I've got my fair share or tools at disposal. The only thing these two beauts are missing is digital readouts. I have been looking for an opportunity to make something for my bike with these. I usually don't have to use em much.
     
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