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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    [JO: Interesting. Thanks for sharing.]
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    [JO: Minuteman Technical and Vocational School does indeed still exist and is going strong. Indeed, my son is a Sophomore student there. He loves it.]
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    [JO: What I'm taking for your post is that the equipment I have doesn't support people wanting to become professional machinists or fulfill orders by machining parts in the makerspace. I'll grant you that. I personally would love having a TL-1 or a TM-0P. It is not unheard of. There is at least...
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    [JO: Yes, I require members to take a course on manual machining before using the Bridgeport clone. I think it is prudent that they be trained on how to use the machine safely before they use the machine. That said, they don't have to take the $1,700 12 month course I link to; that is just one I...
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    Got it. Thanks specfab! I have to list a new machine for the grant, b/c if I get the grant, I can only "use" the money in Q1 of 2025. That said, if I do get the grant, I hope I can convince them that actually a machine like this one is a better machine etc. If I did want to buy the LeBlond, I...
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    Sure thing. The makerspace is located at 39 Emerson Road, Unit 112, Waltham, MA 02452.
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    I was thinking that getting an after market Chuck Guard (https://www.grizzly.com/products/grizzly-lathe-chuck-guard-for-12-14-lathes/t27715?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwz42xBhB9EiwA48pT75n0P6J1R6Onw-bqflzDMH2q-hRd3pKvkErpLdth5gdn0Yb3DC8vWBoC_ToQAvD_BwE) would help solve that problem... You'd...
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    [JO: Can you tell me more what you're referring to here?] [JO: I'd like to acquire a lathe because a few of the members want to do things like gunsmithing. In addition, the current lathe isn't really great for doing much of anything.] [JO: The goal of the makerspace is provide 24/7 access to...
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    Thanks! Can you tell me more? What makes a LeBlonde Regal (like say this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/235515671217) better than say the Grizzly G0824? Is the idea that the LeBlond Regal holds tolerances better than the Grizzly?
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    Thanks for all the suggestions. Regarding the safety issue, I know that the idea of non-experts training people who have no experience on how to use machinery and then allowing them to use dangerous machinery makes a lot of people uncomfortable. While there are certainly some people who I...
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    Advice for a lathe for a makerspace

    Greetings! I own and operate a small makerspace in Waltham, MA. We currently have a Harbor Freight 7 x 16 mini-lathe. I am hoping to apply for a grant to get a new lathe and could use some advice. For the grant, I need to list the specific machine we would purchase if we got the grant. There...
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    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    I admit I am curious about this. Not that I have experience with spindle repairs, so I can't comment on what the costs should have been. But I am curious what happened; did the operator mill straight through the table or something? And then burn out the spindle?
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    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    Hi PeteM, I'm hoping it can be both? I guy can dream...
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    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    Thanks TBJK. I'm also just a hobby guy. I am planning on having them pass a safety and competency test before they use the machine, perhaps leveraging at least as part of that test the online CNC operator test which Haas offers, the other part being a traditional safety test... and maybe a...
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    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    Thanks Wick Craft. The only issue is I can't FIT a TM-1 in the space, at least not and have room for some of the other equipment. Other than that, yes, the increased work envelope is probably well worth the extra $5k.
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    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    Ok, thanks Bob. I appreciate the feedback. I will provide training to them, and they will be paying me for the opportunity to use the CNC machine. I agree there is a risk. I'm hoping it all works out despite the risk.
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    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    Okay, thanks david n for the advice.
  18. J

    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    Is Saunders not a good source of advice?
  19. J

    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    Ok, thanks metalmaster1 for the advice.
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    Best Mill for a Makerspace

    Ok, thanks Lott. I will take a look at the Haas TM-1.
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