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Steve Heywood06/01/2022 17:16:18
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Good afternoon. I am after information as to the best way to fasten down my Myford ML7 Lathe /cabinet.Will it be better to bolt it to the concrete solid floor or to rest it on anti vibration material,I have got some 16mm thick anti vibration material strips. And then level the lathe bed. Thanks regards Steve

Brian H06/01/2022 18:38:20
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Hello Steve, personally, I think that bolting to a concrete floor is the best, taking care no to induce any twist in the bed.

Having said that, my own Boxford lathe is not bolted down because there is a waterproof membrane over the concrete and I don't like to damage it.

Lathes tend to be top heavy and liable to tip although I think that this is less likely when the lathe is on a manufactures cabinet.


Matt NW06/01/2022 19:25:44
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Hi Steve, BOTH!

In the past I have bolted the stand down using the Rawl bolts that expand, use the type with 10mm threaded bar this allows you to use an extra 2 nuts per bolt. First nuts allow you to level the stand because I haven't seen a perfectly level concrete floor! and eliminates any twist. The second nut to hold it down. I have had a 7 on this now for over 20 years and is fantastic, so solid and never moves. But at the moment I am setting up a work shop and I'm still moving things around so I have my Mill and a 7 on the yellow machine feet (from RDG Tools etc) these can also be adjusted to level the stand and up to now have found them excellent.


Matt NW06/01/2022 19:56:41
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Just like this Steve

Cheers Matt

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