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Clausing 5914 - Should I buy it?

$1000 was a steal....just the taper attachment alone would go for $500-750. I have a 6913, the slightly bigger brother to your lathe. As mentioned, most of the problems are either seals, the wrong fluid, or both. When fluid standards changed years ago there was a typo or some sort of translation error that got published for these machines, and if you use what showed up in Clausing documents the VS wouldn't hold the setting. I'm pretty sure it was because the viscosity was too low.

Mobil DTE 25 or equivalent is what you want to run in the hydraulic VS system.

Lots of information and quite a few really helpful people on the Clausing group page.