View Full Version : Metal Lathes Lathe and shaper

Jim Ritter
09-11-2014, 12:03 AM
I have an opportunity to upgrade my Atlas/Craftsman lathe to this Logan. Assuming everything works as it should would you do it?


There is also a small shaper available I don't have much room for it so I might pass but how useful would the shaper be? I've never used one, I already have a Millrite milling machine. Both machines might be available to the public if I pass, they are in NJ. I'm helping the heir clean out her parents house. There are a lot of tools that need a good home.




Bruce Page
09-11-2014, 12:53 AM
JMO but I’d pass on the lathe. I don’t think you gain much, if any on capacity and the lack of a quick change gear box would be a show stopper for me. The shaper might be worthwhile if you routinely need to remove a lot of material from metal blocks but are pretty much useless for anything else. I’d stick with the Millrite.

BTW, I own a Logan 6565 14X40 it’s an ok lathe but not a great lathe.

Dennis Ford
09-11-2014, 1:53 PM
The deal might be worthwhile for tooling, the machines would not get me very excited although they would be great for someone without a lathe or mill.

John Aspinall
09-19-2014, 4:26 PM
I'd go for the shaper, but purely on the basis of the cool factor. (Think of it as "machinist retro".)

george wilson
09-25-2014, 1:19 PM
Take my experience and GO FOR THE LATHE. You will find a WORLD of difference in the depth of cut you can take with the Logan. My first lathe was a Sears Atlas. It was incredibly slow getting anything done. My next lathe was a Jet 10 x 24". It could take MUCH deeper cuts,and I could make something in a few hours that would have taken many times longer on the Atlas. I did own a Logan,too.They are decent lathes. I had bought one for my father. When he died,I had it in my shop for a few years.

Jim Ritter
10-01-2014, 9:50 PM
Any suggestions on disassembling the lathe for transport? Do I have to cut the flat belt to remove the jack shaft and motor? I'm not sure where to start. The shaper is not following me home. It's looking for a new home.

Todd Burch
10-01-2014, 11:43 PM
So they say… a shaper can make anything but money, but for personal use, it would be a nice to have.

Nice score on the lathe. Tooling looks awesome.

Carroll Courtney
10-05-2014, 7:55 PM
Myself,I don't have any extra money for what looks like a very minimum upgrade.Now if it had a QCGB,maybe an Aloris for a tool post that would get my coins shaken----Carroll