Re: 1935 405 Workshop Lathe as first lathe....Should I do it?

Gregg Eshelman

For making parts for vintage sewing machines, you'll likely be doing some threading. Having to change grimy gears to shange thread pitches, you'll quickly get tired of.

Find a lathe with a quick change gearbox. Or you can dip a toe into the electronic age with the Electronic Lead Screw.

With ELS you can cut *any* thread pitch, imperial, metric or freaky oddball proprietary ones. It requires a magnet and sensor on the spindle for RPM input. Driving the leadscrew can be as simple as fitting a gear to a stepper motor to mesh with a gear on the leadscrew, and it can be made to move away for using the lathe normally.

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