Metal Lathe

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Metal Lathe


  • Owner/Loaner: ENTS
  • Make/Model: Craftex B2227L
  • Usability: Works
  • Contact: Raphael B.
  • Where: Metalworking bay (Garage)
  • Certification Needed: Yes
  • Hackable: No
  • Estimated Value: $1300
  • Quantity: {{{Quantity}}}




Motor: 3/4 HP, 110V, 8.8 Amps
Reversing Switch
Twin Belt Drives to 6 Speed (115 - 1626 RPM) Gearbox
18" Between Centers
Swing Over Bed: 10"
Swing Over Cross Slide: 5"
1" Spindle Bore
MT4 Spindle Taper
Number of Inch Threads: 20
Inch Thread: 8 - 56 TPI
Number of Metric Threads: 9
Metric Thread: 0.5 - 3.0 mm
Lead Screw: 7 TPI
Longitudinal Feed: 0.0025" - 0.005" per revolution
Tail Stock: MT2, 2" quill travel
Cross Slide: 4-1/2" Travel
Maximum Tool Size: 9/16"
Compound: 1" Travel
Max. Longitudinal Travel of Tool Slide: 2.75"


3-jaw self-centering chuck
Right hand / Left hand / Center indexable carbide turning tools
Boring bar, indexable carbide
Parting blade, 3/32" x 1/2" HSS
Tailstock drill chuck, 1/2" capacity
MT2 dead center for tailstock
MT4 dead center for spindle
Center drills #3, #4, #5
Fractional drills 1/16"-1/2" by 64ths, Numbered drills #1-60
Assorted wrenches

Accessories/Tooling Wishlist

Quick-change tool post
4-jaw independent chuck with adapter
Letter drills A-Z

Equipment Settings

Spindle speed: Be mindful of what spindle speed the gearbox is set to. Different diameters and materials require different spindle speeds. Consult your Machinist's Handbook, the internet, or the handy (but woefully incomplete) chart on the wall behind the lathe for appropriate spindle speeds. For example, brass and aluminum can be turned much faster than steel or cast iron.

Known Problems

The quill in the tailstock is not captive. If you crank the feed too much, it WILL disengage from the feedscrew, possibly screwing up your work. Be cautious of this. If you can see the keyway machined in the top of the quill, it's starting to extend too far. Stop your work, retract the quill, and reposition the tailstock closer to the work. This is a design flaw, not a failure of the equipment. We will (eventually) take steps to ensure the quill is captive, probably by machining a groove in the bottom of the quill and adding a set screw, as is standard on many lathes.

Future Ideas

Add a chip pan below the lathe to catch aluminum (and only aluminum, do not cross-contaminate!) for recovery and recycling in the foundry.

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