The lathe arrived with no problems, crate not damaged. Roadway did a great job! Well the lathe is even pretty to look at. I have leveled the lathe and have been learning the controls. I am running the spindle at different speeds un-loaded as well as the gear box. This is in addition to the recommended break in procedure. Made a few cut s on Al. Friday to see how the DRO works, never used a DRO before. The headstock is quitter than I expected. And the change gears are also smooth and quite. I am going to make some test cut on steel (drill pipe) this week-end. I am more than pleased with the lathe. Long way from a 13 inch South Bend that is now for sale.
To answer question. I like the lathe very well. It did not come with a chuck guard, I added one. I do not think a guard is mandate by OSHA. Part of my responsibilities as a supervisor for ExxonMobil was OSHA compliance. Chuck guard for manual machine never was question.
Good to see a picture of one of these machines. I have a 1640hd on the way and have been trying to find some good pictures of one. But it's only a few weeks away so the longest part of the wait is over. Great looking machine.
I have another question. Can you use the emergency stop occasionally in an operation . I have some spring shapes to bend--one half round to make a hook shaped tool. I have never ran a machine with this type stop. Thanks once again
E-stop won't instantly stop the spindle. But using it hurts nothing.
The foot brake, on the other hand, is very effective. Essentially has a drum brake on the pulley that is driven from the motor, so it usually has a decent mechanical advantage and can stop the spindle almost instantly.