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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 04:28 PM

Yes, that’s a stretch version alright!

I have the capability of stretching a Supershop similarly. A second pair of way tubes has inserts that slip into the right end of the way tubes on a machine and terminate in the tailstock casting resting on another base. Extends the lathe to almost 9 feet and is very solid. I haven’t used it since digital cameras so I have no pictures of it set up. The interesting thing is that the power feed carriage works on the extended tubes without interruption because the spacing of the broached teeth on the underside of the ways’ ends is perfect match when fully butted together. Turned a set of 6×6” porch posts.

There is a danger that may not be obvious to someone trying to stretch a Supershop. The tailstock casting has an extremely heavy torsion spring in it that must be carefully locked down when the way tubes are to be removed. I made sure that both locks (that secure the machine vertically AND horizontally) were firmly engaged in a dimple I drilled for the purpose. Be very careful.


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