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02-26-2021 04:32 AM

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Why is the tailstock hold down clamp always on the back side of the lathe?

Does this belong in the coffee lounge?

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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#1 posted 02-26-2021 01:32 PM

Mine’s not. Both my wood and metal lathes have it on the front side. But, they both use a large hex nut and box end wrench so I can move the wrench to different positions. I might guess that if it was a lever instead of a wrench, it may be placed on the back side so it wouldn’t interfere with the banjo or a steady rest or where you were trying to stand? My last lathe, a Delta midi, did have it on the back side. I guess it never bothered me though because I had to google a picture to jog my memory :-)

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#2 posted 02-26-2021 03:01 PM

Always?

My Powermatic 99 lathe is from 1973 and uses a wrench on a nut to move the tailstock. It is not accessible from the rear. Sorry, the image posted down side up.

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#3 posted 02-26-2021 08:33 PM

Thanks. Just one of those things that make you go hmmmmm.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 02-27-2021 01:10 AM

My Nova Galaxi is on the back and I love it there because it serves a handle to move the tail stock in either direction!!

It depends on the brand of lathe, but a lot are on the back!! They might all be made in the same factory in China!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 02-27-2021 02:26 AM

Some are on the front, some on the back.. I think it’s kind of like asking why the gas fill on your car is on the driver or passenger side. Answer: Because that is where the designer put it.

Just as a data point – I currently have three lathes with it on the front, one with it on the back – and I recently sold another one that had it on the back as well.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 02-27-2021 02:50 AM

This one has the lock for the tailstock and toolrest under the bed.

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#7 posted 02-27-2021 02:52 AM

Thanks for the responses.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#8 posted 02-28-2021 05:50 PM



This one has the lock for the tailstock and toolrest under the bed.

- hairy

That would be a horrible design for me. With all the wood/tools/glue bottles etc. laying under the lathe, I’d never be able to move my banjo or tailstock :-/ What’s worse, is I’d learn to work with them where they are rather than cleaning all the crap up ;-p

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