- Apr 30, 2015
Would a level made with a piece of clear tubing be accurate enough to level a lathe? Anyone done it?
How will such a short machine bed flex? If it were 136" long I could see that happening, however a stout casting 60" long would be difficult to flex even if that was your goal, if a new machine was purchased with a twist you would be hard pressed to twist it straight.The bed will flex along its' length.
With all due respect Sir, the Craftsman 12X36 is by and large a light machine. While it is still capable of accurate work, it is not a good, heavy production machine. It isat best a "Bench Lathe" and subject to abuse far beyond that of the average machine shop. I use mine for "casual" work, not in a production environment.How will such a short machine bed flex?
This is a Craftsman lathe, so not exactly built like your Victor. All of these small lathes are "flexible" along their length, though larger
machines need to be "leveled" as well. This vid shows it being done on a much larger machine than the Craftsman:
I see, have never used such a light machine and can understand the possibility of it being a bit tweaked, the smallest lathe that I have ever used is a Hardinge turret lathe which could be hung upside down and work fine if the lube oil did not run out
I used one today that looks exactly like this, it would take considerable skill to twist such a small machine.