Old as dirt
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Middle Tennessee
A question about the 10" x 18" HF lathe
I just bought the Harbor Freight 10" x 18" mini lathe. Would have got this earlier but their web site and catalogue both said it had a #2 MT on the headstock and #1 MT on the tail stock. I wanted the headstock and tailstock to both have #2 MT. Anyway, I was in the HFT store today to pick up some diamond honing tools and, as usual, walked by the power tool table to see what was there. I saw the mini lathe on display and noticed there was one in the box sitting there as well. The outside of the box clearly said #2 MT tailstock with 2" quill stroke. Finally, the lathe was on sale for $199 and I had a 20% off super coupon in my pocket. I bought it for $159 and added the full replacement warranty for another $20.
So now I want to buy a drill chuck to mount on the tailstock and its mandrel will have to match the tailstock taper. How do I know if the taper is really #1 or #2 without first buying a chuck and trying it out? Does anyone out there have this lathe and have any of you mounted a drill chuck on the tailstock?