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Old 01-18-2018, 09:37 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Lots of great help, thank you all.

That said I made a decision and pulled the trigger. I ended up with the Weiss WBL250F after a lot of back and forth with the techs at DRO Pros. It came down to a balance of price and options for how I use the lathe. I also ordered their high end DRO with it and the matching stand. The DRO is going to be HUGE for me. I waste so much time doing produciton work having to stop and check constantly and with so much backlash in my current machine it's not as easy as using the hash marks on the dial.

It's all on the way and I should see it in the next week. I can't wait.
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Old 01-18-2018, 09:44 AM   #22 (permalink)
 
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Carl, what was your final price out the door with the DRO installed?
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Old 01-18-2018, 09:51 AM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Carl, what was your final price out the door with the DRO installed?
They aren't installing the DRO. I'll have to do the install and setup. For the Lathe, Machinists package (quick change tool post, extra chucks, steady and follow rest, etc...), matching stand and the DRO of choice ended up $3297 from California to my garage.

However as of this coming March they're supposed to start offering them with the DRO pre-installed directly from Weiss which is nice as you won't have to do any milling on the brackets to mount and align everything.
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Carl, any way you could give us an update of what you thought after you’ve been using it for a while.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:42 PM   #25 (permalink)
 
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Yep. I've been using it heavily the last 2 days cranking out front sections and caps for another pen company.

I love it with a few minor exceptions

The biggest is that it has a bit of a shimmy right at 1500 rpm. Over or under and it's fine and I'm sure that varies from machine to machine and probably would be different between chucks even.

The annoyances are getting used to some of the safety features. I can't quickly switch between F and R for threading. When you flip between spin directions it shuts off the machine and you have to re-engage the power switch. I ended up taking the e-stop cover off so I could quickly turn it back on.

I also removed the chuck guard so I could see what I was doing. There is a safety switch on there so you have to make sure the shaft is rotated the right direction.

Also initially the RPM readout wouldn't read at all. I had to open up the control panel and make some adjustments to the sensor so it would pick up the magnet. probably a shipping issue.

Otherwise the machine for me is a HUGE improvement. I haven't measured run-out, but everything I've turned has been true and repeatable. The tailstock is MT2 so it takes all of my current tooling and the cam lock is very good.

It's very quiet with the brushless motor. The separate power feed and threading levers are a nice feature and I just had to get used to which lever to use. Power cross feed has come in handy already as well.

On a side note, the stand is a piece of crap, but it holds the lathe. The drawer slides are junk and fall apart and came with the rail mounting holes stripped. I had to drill out new holes and remount them but now the bearings in the slides are falling out. Not a lathe issue, but a stand issue.

What else would you like to know about?
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Thank you Carl, very well rounded quick insight.

How it going with setting up er32 collets? Any luck with a solid solution? Assuming you use ER32.
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Thank you Carl, very well rounded quick insight.

How it going with setting up er32 collets? Any luck with a solid solution? Assuming you use ER32.
Currently no. I'm just using the 3 jaw and it's been very repeatable when taking work in and out so very little run-out that I can tell.

When I move to collets, I'll end up going to 5C and keeping the ER32 over on my wood lathe. 5C collets are much easier to come by for work holding on a metal lathe.
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Hello Carl. I am looking at the same lathe. What were the optional accessories/options that you got and what ones would you recommend if you bought it again? Did you buy from DRO Pros or somewhere else?


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Old 03-05-2018, 07:27 AM   #29 (permalink)
 
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Any suggestions on stands for the 10x30 if the one that DRO Pros sells is crap? I am thinking of the same lathe and was going to order the stand with it. Looking at options after your review though. ;)
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Ron,

Take a look at Frank Hoose's YouTube channel. He did an extensive series on the PM version of this lathe; then after a period of ownership did a follow-up. I know he ended up swapping out the factory base--I believe it was for a tool chest from Home Depot.

Hope this helps.

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