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Re: Show me your steel lathes !!!!!

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11-23-2012 19:30:42

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16x60 Summit. Why rated 16" swing I have not a clue? will swing 20" over the ways, 3" spindle hole. Rapids both directions, power feed on the tail stock, threads US, Metric, Modual and dimeteric pitches. Shown here boring some 5 1/4" tractor sleeves. Not a golden oldie though. I purchased it brand new in 2001 and paid for it with one threading contract. I would quit working on old stuff if I had to get rid of my lathe.

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11-23-2012 21:54:43

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 Re: Show me your steel lathes !!!!! in reply to Butch(OH), 11-23-2012 19:30:42  
Most lathes are rated at the diameter they will swing over the carriage, not the ways. The old Southbend I've got is designed in such a way that the swing over the carriage is the same as over the ways. On the other hand I looked at a Lodge and Shipley awhile back that would swing 19 over the ways but only 15 over the carriage.

In the end it all just depends on the design of the machine and the way the mfg rated it as to what it will actually swing as opposed to what it's advertised as capable of swinging.

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11-23-2012 19:43:19

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 Re: Show me your steel lathes !!!!! in reply to Butch(OH), 11-23-2012 19:30:42  
A Summit is a very good lathe. Is your Summit an oil country model? I was at a distributor's show back in the 80's and I think the oil country lathes had a bigger hole through the spindle for threading drill pipe. They also had a Summit horizontal boring mill taking pretty big chips off of a big valve a customer donated for the demo.

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11-23-2012 20:01:13

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 Re: Show me your steel lathes !!!!! in reply to Stick welding, 11-23-2012 19:43:19  
Thank you I didn't want to go on and on about it but I do like my Summit. Mine is what they used to call the their classic engine lathe. I think the lathes you are talking about are also known as pipe lathes? There used to be an outfit here in town that all they did was thread casings and they had Summits with 24" spindle holes. There wasn't a bed per say but a set of tail rollers that copuld be moved in out out much like a huge steady rest.

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11-23-2012 22:29:46

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 Re: Show me your steel lathes !!!!! in reply to Butch(OH), 11-23-2012 20:01:13  
It was quite a while ago but I'm thinking one of the lathes had a chuck on the back end of head stock. I just googled them and saw they made up to a 20" spindle bore oil country lathe and up to 360" between centers. There was one listed for $152,000+.

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