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Old April 6, 2013, 01:05 PM   #6
iraiam
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A 10 inch swing will probably be enough providing that the spindle bore is large enough.

I have a 10x21 import lathe that I can easily and consistently turn precision work on, you just have to take into account the limitations of the machine. On a big, heavy, expensive lathe you can turn to a diameter in far fewer passes, on my little import I have to sneak up on sizes with roughing and finishing cuts. I can chamber, thread shanks and barrrels, (no bull barrels).

The best upgrade I have done to my lathe was switching over to a larger 3 phase motor and a VFD, being able to turn the work at the proper speed is a big plus IMO.
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