Rivett lathe bed alternative

Tienle

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Hi,
I’m learning to use a lathe lately. I have a taig lathe but it turn out be be too small. I need something stronger. So I bought some parts off a Rivett lathe. Not sure the model but it seem to be 505. I don’t want the bed because it’s too long while I only have a small space (perfect size would be 24”. My question is can I use it on other brand bed such as Pratt, Elgin or Cataract?
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The geometry of the ways and bearing surfaces will be different.
You could shorten the bed you have by cutting it off with a band saw.
My second lathe was an ancient 16" SB which was shortened at the headstock end and everything moved forward, more or less successfully.
IIRC I had about 18" between centers on that machine...
Ultimately, you may be best served by selling everything you have and buying a different machine.
 

Tienle

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Thank you for your advice. I thought they all follow some kind of standard dimension. I decided to get the bed from the vendor to complete the set. It’s 38”. I need to rearrange the space.
I plan to build a wooden bench for it. Give give me your thoughts on it.
Thanks
 
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