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Old 10-25-2010, 09:53:02 PM
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Default Advice on some good books to learn from

Hey guys,
I'm kinda pondering some X-mass presents, and my dad just bought a small atlas lathe. So I thought why not purchase some literature that he could read up on to hone his skills. Some books along the line of "lathe running for dummies". Whats your fellas thoughts?

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Default Re: Advice on some good books to learn from

Well I dont know about "how to run a lathe" manuals, but you need to get Machinery's Handbook. There about $80 in the store, but it has everything about everything in it when it comes to threading tolerances, machine shop math, and tons of other things. I highly recommend it if you guys plan on using it much
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Check out this link:

http://www.lindsaybks.com/

These are great folks and have books about all types of machine work (and just about everything else).
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Atlas Press Company Manual of Lathe Operation and Machinist Tables.
abebooks.com has one for $40 plus shipping.
They used to be on Ebay for somewhat less than that, but I don't see any right now.

Hook him up with the yahoo atlas-craftsman group.

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Don't forget ebay and other used book sites. A 30 year-old Machinery's Handbook costs a fraction of a new one, and is just fine for most of us hobbyists. The right tap drill size for a given tap has not changed in the last century. If you're a pro or a shop owner with new equipment then spend the $80.
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For an Atlas lathe owner, the Atlas book mentioned by Pete is worth its cost, whatever you have to pay. I have the lathe & the book both...South Bend also put out an excellent lathe manual, but the Atlas manual is more specific to your Dad's lathe. Watch ebay, they're on there from time to time.
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Have him bookmark this link:

http://www.lathes.co.uk/atlas/

It is the nicest information source for Atlas Lathes that I have seen so far.

By the way, I just googled: "atlas lathe operation manual" and got lots of relevant hits. One of them was Ebay, where there are several options to get the manual of lathe operation. I don't know what I had searched for the other day when I said there weren't any of them currently available on Ebay.

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When I took an evening course in machine shop about 35 years ago we used a book called "Turning Technology" Authors were Krar and Oswald. It was very easy to understand and I still refer to it today for information. It didn't seem so overwhelming everything was written very simple and easy to understand.

I see it is available on amazon.

I would recommend it!

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Default Re: Advice on some good books to learn from

the south bend "how to run a lathe" series along with supplements show pretty much every aspect of turning and boring and most lathe operations. you still need to be creative with set ups but it will give the user an excellent basis to work from. starting with how to grind a tool, chucking and speeds and feeds, ect.

they are all still in print. found mine on ebay for around $5 a copy.
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Here ya go...
http://ebay.com/Atlas-Craftsman-Metal-Lathe-Manual-/200538200243
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I LOVE my Atlas! Get the Atlas book, its worth its weight in gold if your serious about quality. If it fits in my Atlas thats always my first choice, if its too big for that I go to the Standard-Modern, if its too big for that I call in favors. I learned on my Atlas, and I learned from the Atlas book.
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