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stubbysteve

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I know some people have metal lathes and such but has anyone ever tried a wood lathe as a metal lathe? I mean can you change the cutting blade/knife and make it for metal or is it just not doable?

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reasoning? I mean why do you think it wouldnt work? the materials its made out of, or what?

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to my knolege a wood lathe is used with hand tools not a machine mounted tool. also the way the material is held in the lathe would not work..it would be like trying to drill steel with a wood bit. just not made for it in any way

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yeah i thought about this and did a little research. the biggest issue is the bearings in a wood lathe aren't accurate enough to use for metal. After all the fab work it would take to get the lathe halfway accurate, you would be better off just buying an actual wood lathe.

I was bummed cause my dad has this big wood lathe that he doesn't use, but most things you are trying to make on a lathe require accuracy so it kinda defeats the purpose.

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not to mention the torque in the metal lathe would be much higher..

I would not think the wood lathe would last (its not made to handle the added weight of metal) and the force to spin it with a bit to cut it.. would burn it out realy quick..

I would think anyway

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The 2 most important factors for a metal lathe are horsepower and ridgidity. Any comercial wood lathe I've ever seen wouldn't have enough of either.

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