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Brian Moss27/07/2017 17:37:07
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Hello to all forum users. I am a long term user of small Myford lathes for many hobby and professional applications, but in these days of retirement I am mainly involved with classic cars and other mechanical tinkering.

I have a Myford Super 7 Mk1 but am now looking for something with a longer bed and which will take at least 1" diameter work pieces but which is not too bulky and heavy ( and expensive ) in a home workshop. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Neil Wyatt27/07/2017 19:47:58
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Hello Brian,

Welcome to the forum.

I assume you mean a 1" bore through the spindle?


Brian H27/07/2017 20:10:57
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Welcome Brian (now there's a good name!) and I'm sure you will find lots to interest you. It's funny how many people on here are also into classic cars (mine's a 1931 Austin Seven) and classic motorcycles, also clocks.


Ian Skeldon 227/07/2017 21:55:16
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Hi Brian,

Welcome to what must be one of the most useful and helpful forums on the internet. I'm afraid that I can't help in suggesting a lathe for you but I am sure there will be plenty of suggestings from those more knowledgeable shortly.

Best wishes, Ian

Brian Moss27/07/2017 22:48:31
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Thanks to you all who have welcomed me to the Forum



I.M. OUTAHERE28/07/2017 07:27:34
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Another welcome Brian !

Nothing wrong with what you have but if you are looking to change then more info you can supply the better the replies will be . So max length , power needs , access issues like it needs to go in an attic , basement or remote location will help other members narrow down thier suggestions.

It also really depends on what you want to make - do you really need a bigger hole though the spindle ?

Boxford comes to mind .


Howard Lewis28/07/2017 08:05:15
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Again, Welcome to the Forum.

The threads are widely varying, but always interesting. VERY addictive.

The 2 MT Mandrel of the 7 Series was restrictive, and when I retired, ended up with an Engineers Tool Room BL12 - 24. This is a look alike of the Warco BH600 (which was available in Imperial or Metric form) or the Chester Craftsman, (which I think is still available, but only in Metric form) The Norton box is a useful feature, and I like having a power feed shaft, separate from the leadscrew.

There was a BH900 listed, which was a long bed version.

The BL 12-24, and the others have a 5MT mandrel bore (and come with a 5 - 3MT adaptor, As the identification suggests, it swings 12", (18 in the removable gap) and is 24" centres. The Leadscrews are metric, but it is dual dialled. Mostly I work in Imperial, and this is not a problem for me. It is fairly heavy machine, and pretty rigid.

I have had minor problems with it (some of my own making) but overall, it is satisfactory, and although not a Tool Room lathe as such, can produce pretty good accuracy, (better than it's operator).

The standard set up gives 12 speeds, but I opted for a dealer fitted VFD, which reduces this to 6, ( only one Primary belt position, 3 secondary) but with variable speeds so have had no problems. It spends most of it time in middle gear with the VFD for changing speeds.

Far Eastern lathes are now moving on to geared heads rather than belt driven

Later Myfords have a larger mandrel bore, but can be pricey.

There are a variety of lathes out there, each with their own supporters, and advantages and disadvantages.

The choice is determined by what is available, within your budget (leave a lot of slack for extra tooling and widgets) and what use you intend for it. My advice is to buy a little bigger than you think that you need. Your horizons will expand, and you can do small work in a big lathe, but not the other way round!



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