Journeyman Wood Butcher
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central Illinois
Hey resident experts:
On spec'ing a lathe, I have noticed a dimension on some machines that I can't quite figure out...
Lets say a lathe in the Grizzly catalog (or anywhere) says 12" by 28."
The 28" dimension is between the chucks...that much I remember from high school. The other dimension quoted is listed as "swing over bed."
Does this mean that the center of each chuck would be precisely half of that first dimension, or the radius of a circle centered on the chuck? Therefore, your stock could be as much as 12" wide when chucking before you start turning? This is what it appears in the catalog pictures, but I can't be sure.
Thanks and regards,