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Old 03-11-2018, 01:09 PM   #11
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Default Re: Best lathe for making border pipes and GHB repairs

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Excuse my innocence, but why is a metal lathe better for drilling bores than a wood lathe?
My reason for looking at one:Metal lathes generally have a powered screwfeed to move the cutter along the work, allowing you to turn a perfect cylinder, time after time - that provides a good start.
I don't see an advantage in boring. The combination of a spindle support used with gun drills/compressed air allows me to bore easily/quickly/consistently.

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Old 03-12-2018, 11:15 AM   #12
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My reason for looking at one:Metal lathes generally have a powered screwfeed to move the cutter along the work, allowing you to turn a perfect cylinder, time after time - that provides a good start.
That's one reason I would like a metal lathe, too. The downside is most of the ones I would want would collapse my basement steps trying to get them into my workshop.
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:36 PM   #13
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Default Re: Best lathe for making border pipes and GHB repairs

I own several wood lathes and a metal lathe. The only way I would ever use a metal lathe for bagpipe making is if I hired someone who didn't know how to hand turn and sharpen tools, and at that I would only allow it for roughing blanks and drilling. I would still put a lot of pressure on them to learn to hand turn.
Metal lathes can be painfully slow going if they are small. You would need to get a large one to be efficient.

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:50 PM   #14
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I agree with you Keith, I have both metal and wood lathes but use the wood lathe 95% of the time. Everything is done by hand on the wood lathe. I have a small metal lathe which I only use for threading mounts and making odd metal parts here and there.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:58 PM   #15
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Default Re: Best lathe for making border pipes and GHB repairs

The way I see it depending on what part of the world you live in you can either get the perfect lathe for pipe making, or an ok lathe made in china. A metal lathe would be nice just to turn everything down into the round. Then bore it all, and let it season. Do all the profiling with calipers on a wood lathe at a speed no faster than 400 to 700 rpm’s. Issue there is finding a wood lathe that does those speeds. The answer is pay way too much money for a 1940's Union Jubilee, or Union Graduate both of which are only found in the UK. Also there size and weight are a bit overkill of border pipes I would imagine.
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