ElgaKoster Posted July 7, 2015 Share Posted July 7, 2015 I realized this morning that we have mentioned lathes in all kinds of threads but not one specifically devoted to the subject, so I thought having a discussion on the different lathes with their adaptations and accesories would be a good idea. Easy for all of us and new comers to the forum to find in the future.So I will start of by saying that I own the Sherline short bed lathe in the metric version and love using it. My first introduction to metal lathe work was in Bill Robertson's brass bed class in Castine in 2012, a wonderful class that I will never forget. We used a Taig lathe adapted to use Sherline collets and with a dial indicator mounted to the headstock for accurate measurements lenghtwise on the work piece. What I didn't like on the Taig was drilling with the tailstock, we had to drill a gazalion holes in brass bearings and other pieces, the lever on the tailstock eventually really hurt my hand, I remember having this red sore spot, I think women are at a disadvantage here having less hand strength than men...well I do in any case.Last year in Tune we used the Taig again but this time with the Taig collets and no dial indicator, since Tune doesn't have a tool pool like Castine arrangements were made for those students like me who came from far to borrow a lathe. I will say here is that in my opinion the Sherline collet adaptation on the Taig is far better than using the Taig collets, my pieces on the wine cradle wasn't as smooth as I wanted them, I found there was chattering on it, so I left my pieces in one piece and came and finished them at home before I cut them off to the right sizes.Since I came home from the wine cradle class I have been doing quite a lot of brass turning on my Sherline. The things I like about it...I guess first will be that it is in metric, since South Africa changed over to metric just before I started school that is all that I ever learned (my poor mom...never thought about it before, I guess helping us with homework must have been a challenge). I do prefer using the wheel on the tailstock for drilling holes in brass, did a lot of that in the last few days, I also like the wheel on the end of the lathe bed that makes for accurate measurements lenghtwise...I certainly missed the dail indicator on the borrowed lathes in Tune last year, we had to measure every little step with a caliper. In a nutshell...I have used the Taig lathe only twice and my Sherline a lot more, I guess one gets used to working with what you have too. One other reason for me choosing the Sherline was that they are available here for sale with all the accesories etc, the Taig has to be imported specially.Looking forward to more input on this subject that I hope will help people with choosing a lathe and for those of you who just bought the Taig recently...I trust that all your questions about which collets and other accesories to use with your Taig will be answered. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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