New Metalworking Workshop Lathe

GRIZZLY Industrial, Inc. ~ G0750G 12" x 36" Gunsmithing Lathe

GRIZZLY Industrial, Inc. ~ G0750G 12″ x 36″ Gunsmithing Lathe

Last winter decided to order a new larger Lathe and a new Milling Machine …

G0750G Lathe with a 1.575" Spindle Bore

G0750G Lathe with a 1.575″ Spindle Bore

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.

G0750G Lathe Specs

G0750G Lathe Specs

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.

G0750G Lathe with Steady Rest

G0750G Lathe with Steady Rest

The Lathe came with many extras ~ Including a Follow Rest and a Steady Rest.

G0750G Lathe gearbox Controls

G0750G Lathe gearbox Controls

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.

 G0750G 12″ x 36″ Gunsmithing Lathe

http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-x-36-Gunsmithing-Lathe/G0750G

G0750G Lathe Website Details

G0750G Lathe Website Details

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!!

The Grizzly G0750G Lathe Crates were Easy to Move with a Hand-Truck

The Grizzly G0750G Lathe Crates were Easy to Move with a Hand-Truck

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.

Workshop Lift Table Concept SolidWorks CAD Rendering

Workshop Lift Table Concept SolidWorks CAD Rendering

Also needed a place to park the Jeep Wrangler when not using the Workshop.

Click Here to View ~ ‘Over Jeep’ Workshop Lift-Table

Over the Jeep Workshop Lift-Table

Over the 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.

Finished Gantry Frame Hoist Used to Lift & Move Lathe

Finished Gantry Frame Hoist Used to Lift & Move Lathe

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

New Lathe Workshop Area with Storage under it during Summer Months

New Lathe Workshop Area with Storage under it during Summer Months

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.

Lathe 'Cooling Hut' Air Conditioning Unit

Lathe ‘Cooling Hut’ Air Conditioning Unit

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.

Work Area Showing Lathe with 3-Jaw Chuck Mounted

Work Area Showing Lathe with 3-Jaw Chuck Mounted

Tried to keep the walls as white as possible to allow the area to be bright …

Tool Storage in Lathe Work Area

Tool Storage in Lathe Work Area

Added a Fluorescent Light and some new Shelves for Tooling …

Long Metal Hole in Lathe 'Cooling Hut' Area

Long Metal Hole in Lathe ‘Cooling Hut’ Area

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.

Long Metal Hole Cover Plate Open

Long Metal Hole Cover Plate Open

Lathe came with a nice Grizzly Logo Plate so I used it as a cover for the hole.

Closed Cover Plate when Lathe is Not in Use

Closed Cover Plate when Lathe is Not in Use

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 …

Initial Lathe Set-Up prior to Summer

Initial Lathe Set-Up prior to Summer

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?

Dust Cover was Placed on the Lathe for Summer Storage

Dust Cover was Placed on the Lathe for Summer Storage

The Cooling Hut’s outer front walls were created using Welding Blankets.

Welding Blanket Curtains added an Extra Layer of Protection for Summer Storage

Welding Blanket Curtains added an Extra Layer of Protection for Summer Storage

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.

Shelves Under Lathe that also work as a Pallet Jack Lathe Lifting Mount

Shelves Under Lathe that also work as a Pallet Jack Lathe Lifting Mount

 Excited to make some metal parts this Fall on the new Lathe!!  Whoo Hoo!!!

4'x8' Lift-Table Ready for More Projects ~ Other Mini-Lathe on Table in Background

4’x8′ Lift-Table Ready for More Projects ~ Other Mini-Lathe on Table in Background

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.

Movable Welding Table & Metal Cutting Band-Saw

Movable Welding Table & Metal Cutting Band-Saw

Next Project ~ Unveiling the new Milling Machine & DRO

blu-DRO and Tablet Mounted onto my Milling Machine

blu-DRO and Tablet Mounted onto my Milling Machine

— CHEERS…

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2 responses to “New Metalworking Workshop Lathe

  1. Marwynne

    Thanks for the nice page. I have been working on a Lathe Radius Cutter myself for the G750.. Just scrapped my idea since I found a much better one. I like your Lathe carriage stop. I made one different but yours is excellent. Keep up the good works .

    Marwynne a retire person. haha

    • There are a lot of great designs for Metal Lathe Radius Cutters out there and it is fun to see how each person creates a version to suit their needs. For me, I wanted a Radius Cutter that I could quickly take on and off the lathe; thus, why made one that mounted with just one locking nut. Thank You for the Note!! 🙂 Have a Wonderful 2016 Year!!

      Video ~ Radius Cutter Quick-Change: https://youtu.be/BTa2Tp0IrBc

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