Used my lathe today, had to bore out a pilot bushing for my neighbour. Supplier provided a high performance crank, but had no clue what was needed for a bushing or bearing.
Yup! Before I retired, I'd just take any carbide tooling in to my shop at work and sharpen or fabricate special tools there. But after 8+ years of no access, I've got a lot of tooling that needs a touch up. Plus, I need a large full radius lathe tool for an upcoming project, (more on that later) and using this will be a lot easier than completely freehand on my pedestal grinder.Going to sharpen some carbide tooling with your new toy?
That's easy- a metal lathe. It will do a wide variety of machining jobs without the need of tons of accessories & tooling. Cheap stuff like Harbor Freight or the like is useable, (if you don't expect too much) but most will agree that a used American made oldie (like Craftsman, Atlas, South Bend) will out perform a new Chinese cheapie. It's a matter of what you can afford, and what is available.what would be your first piece of metal working equipment?