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    Default How To Buy A Lathe. What to look for?

    Visit the buyers guide on http://www.sterlingmachinery.com/buyersguide.php
    for hundreds of helpful facts, on purchasing new and used machinery.

    LATHES, AUTO. PRODUCTION
    SPECIFICATIONS

    Swing/ over bed/ over front carriage/ center distance
    Chuck size
    Speeds
    Feeds
    Type spindle/hole in spindle
    Slide dimensions, front & rear
    Carriage dimensions
    ACCESSORIES
    Coolant system, duplicator or tracer, chucks tooling, tailstock, work driver, taper attach., threading attach., micrometer stops, pan bed, air cylinder
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    LATHES, ENGINE OR TOOLROOM
    SPECIFICATIONS

    Swing over ways
    Swing over cross-slide
    Length between centers
    Bed length
    Hole thru spindle
    Type of spindle nose
    Spindle speeds
    Threading range
    Feed range
    ACCESSORIES
    Steadyrest, followrest, face plate, taper attachment, micrometer carriage stop, ship & coolant pan, coolant pump, power break, tool rest, tool holder, PRT for carriage, chucks collets, tool slides
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    LATHES
    SPECIFICATIONS

    Swing over bed
    Swing over cross slide
    Width of bed
    Spindle hole diameter
    Spindle speeds
    Type spindle nose
    Cross slide travel
    Longitudinal cross slide travel
    Range of taper
    Thread chasing pitch range
    Maximum threading length
    Turret tool hole sizes
    Turret power feed range
    Center of tool holes to top of slide
    Size of hex turret across flats
    Spindle to turret face distance
    ACCESSORIES
    Bar feed, collet chuck, power brake, taper attachment, tap leading attachment, thread chasing, chuck power chick wrench, coolant, compound cross slide, cross sliding hex turret

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    Thanks for the advice and links. Here is another site, which goes into different sorts of practical details of inspecting used machinery:

    Advice on buying a Lathe

    The above link comes from the Mermac site:

    Mermac main page

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    Sterling- very cool site man!


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