Last winter decided to order a new larger Lathe and a new Milling Machine …
My goal was to find a Metalworking Lathe that was compact enough to fit in my small workshop area, yet had a Spindle Bore larger than 1.50 inches.
While I do not do any Gunsmithing, the Grizzly G0750G Lathe appeared to have all the specifications I was hoping to find in a metalworking lathe.
The Lathe came with many extras ~ Including a Follow Rest and a Steady Rest.
Grizzly Industrial promoted the 12″ x 36″ Lathe’s features as having a totally enclosed gearbox for quieter operation, smoother performance, reduced oil change frequency, and longer gear and bearing life.
Decided to contact Grizzly and order the lathe; however, I was informed it was a new model for 2014 and would take 3 months to arrive.
The people at Grizzly Industrial, Inc. were very helpful, and I appreciated their ‘arrival time’ honesty, so I chose to order and wait the 3 months … Still waiting on the taper attachment, but was also informed it would take longer.
One would assume this model Lathe can ship much quicker now.
The lathe showed up on the day they promised with ‘lift-gate’ service to lower the lathe’s 2 crates from the truck to my hand-truck … The truck driver even helped me pull the crates up the slightly angled driveway into my Workshop.
The Grizzly G0750G Lathe also came with 2 very heavy duty stands … Nice!!
Knowing I was going to order a new Lathe and Milling Machine I designed a combination Workshop Lift-Table and Gantry Hoist for my Workshop.
Also needed a place to park the Jeep Wrangler when not using the Workshop.
Click Here to View ~ ‘Over Jeep’ Workshop Lift-Table
Used the combination Lift-Table and Gantry Hoist to lift the new Lathe onto its stands and roll it into place in my metal workshop area.
Use to work on ships, so as a game to humor myself and also to conserve space, I attempt to build areas in the shop that are very compact, yet can be opened up to create a good work area when needed. Then, when not being used, compress back for storage … Just like in many of the ships I use to work on …
Click Here to See ~ Compact Workshop Welding Area
Another issue with my location is that it can get very hot in the Las Vegas area for about 3 months a year … So I built a ‘Cooling Hut’ around the new Lathe that includes an Air Conditioning Unit.
I fabricated a swivel mount for the A/C Unit so it can be moved around to also cool the new Milling Machine area in the summer if needed.
I don’t like cooling down Machine Tools quickly in the summer months; therefore, the A/C and ‘Cooling Hut’ is just for those emergency times when a part needs to be made in the 110F degree Las Vegas summer heat.
For the other 9 months, the A/C unit can also work as a ventilation fan because there is a large vent on the other side of the hut and the front ‘curtains’ can be pulled back or even removed if needed for large projects.
Tried to keep the walls as white as possible to allow the area to be bright …
Added a Fluorescent Light and some new Shelves for Tooling …
At times I may have longer metal so put a hole in the side of the ‘Cooling Hut’ for the metal to go through and rest on a bearing turning support that just happens to sit on my adjustable drill press table outside the ‘Cooling Hut’ wall.
Lathe came with a nice Grizzly Logo Plate so I used it as a cover for the hole.
Now that the much cooler Fall weather has returned to the Las Vegas area, I have many new items to add to the Lathe Metalworking area …
Unfortunately, after the Lathe arrived several months ago, I only had time to put the lathe on its stands and then cover it for storage during the summer.
One can see above, by the coolant splash marks on the wall, *grin* … that I tested the lathe before storage … Maybe a Splash Guard as my 1st project?
The Cooling Hut’s outer front walls were created using Welding Blankets.
Not planning on moving the lathe; however if needed, still want to be able to move it with a shortened Pallet Jack … So designed some shelves which also act as a ‘Lifting Mount’ bolted in-between the lathe’s stands.
(The Pallet Jack rolls under)
Hard to tell in the photo, but the Shelf/Lifting Mount unit is made from thick strong metal, is stable, and makes it very easy to lift and move the Lathe around the shop.
Excited to make some metal parts this Fall on the new Lathe!! Whoo Hoo!!!
Cleared off the 4′ x 8′ Lift-Table and the Welding table to prepare for more projects over the next 9 cool weather months in the Las Vegas area.
Next Project ~ Unveiling the new Milling Machine & DRO