Does anyone know what chucks I could for both sides of thos lathe?

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Blog entry by KDusty posted 02-18-2020 06:51 PM 417 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently given an old craftsman lathe The only numbers I can find are on the tail stock

Does anyone know what chucks I can use on both sides? Possibly a link go where I can buy? I’ve been finding some misleading info on the web?

Or should I just invest in a new lathe?

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#1 posted 02-19-2020 01:03 AM

I’m pretty sure that takes an MT1 taper. The chuck would fit on the head stock with an adapter. The Barracuda comes with the adapter for the headstock.

You can get MT1 to MT2 adapters for the tailstock for the 1/2” Jacobs chuck you mentioned on the router forums site. Most hobbyist lathes today are MT2. I had an old vintage lathe that was MT1 and used the adapters for a while until I upgraded. When you buy anything for the tail-stock like a live centers etc. get MT2 and use the adapter.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 02-19-2020 01:31 AM

If by “both sides” you mean inboard and outboard of the headstock, you may have a problem. Usually the outboard spindle on such a lathe has left hand thread. I have not found spindle adapters that go from left to right thread.

Here is what I’m working with now:

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#3 posted 02-20-2020 01:22 AM

Let me see if I can explain this a little better.

Your lathe has an MT1 tapered hole in the head and tail stock. That’s all you need to start turning. You can buy small chucks with an MT1 taper on them. Your headstock also has a 3/4-inch-by-16 tpi thread on it.

For regular sized chucks like a Nova or Barracuda you’ll need a 1-inch-by-8 tpi adapter. The adapter comes with the Barracuda kit.

If you get a lathe with an MT2 you can use an adapter so your MT1 tools will fit.

Most lathes today come with an MT2 taper.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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