Setting Up New "Commander" Lathe
A few pics of setting up my wife's new lathe. This is the 12" swing 'Commander' lathe from PSI. Fit and finish is not all that great. All the parts were there, nothing broke from shipping.
First of all, the base of the headstock was not machined very flat. The surface area where the bolts connect to the bed, had some low spots when filed flat. Luckily, the cast iron was soft enough to only need a few file strokes to create a flat mating surface to the bed.
The tailstock base was not flat, either. These are some things to check out when you install a lathe, whether old or new.
Harrison, at your service!