Sherline Clock and Watchmaker Accessories on sale

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  1. Bruce Alexander

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    Just FYI, Sherline is offering a 20% discount off of their regular prices for "Clock and Watchmaker Accessories" during November. Unfortunately, "Excludes mills, lathes, collets, chucks, and rotary tables". Or Christmas might have come early for me. See: https://www.sherline.com/monthly-special/


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    Bruce
     
  2. R. Croswell

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    Well you could look at it this way, that's about $20 off the cost of a mill setup for bushing work. Or you could spend $80 for something that's totally useless without the mill, set it up where you can see it everyday to remind you that you really need to buy the mill "to protect your investment". I wonder why the sale? Perhaps a new model coming, or perhaps to clear inventory before discontinuing this product? Looks like they should give a larger discount if purchased with the mill and they might sell more of both.

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  3. Bruce Alexander

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    Yeah, maybe it's a loss leader to get you to buy the Mill. If you've been thinking about some of the accessories though, you're in luck. I happened upon it while shopping collets. No joy there for me.
     
  4. brian fisher

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    thank you for posting bruce. I wonder if I will ever get to the point in my life were I can justify the retail price of buying all of this equipment new?

    I really would like to find a decent medium small lathe though. so far, the limits of my search have been relegated to looking for a "good" deal on craigslist.
     
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    brian -

    i went through two 'deal' lathes before popping for a sherline... essentially $300-ish/per to maybe $1k. worth every penny, even for us more casual users. i have now done things i couldn't even imagine doing before.

    otoh, i do not have a milling machine and sometimes wish i did.

    would you like me to explain to your wife? :cool:

    bruce
     
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    Thanks for the pointer Bruce, I picked up a live center and the mill bushing gear.
     
  7. Joseph Bautsch

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    If you get a Sherline lathe, get the long bed. You'll be a lot happier.
     
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    I wouldn't read too much into Sherline's 20% off sale.. They have a different 20% discount every month. I think it keeps people coming back to the website in the interest of seeing what the current sale is.

    I have used the shorter bed Sherline for several years. I recently sat down in front of someone else's long bed Sherline and I did not like the longer reach to the leadscrew handwheel... it felt like I did not have the same comfortable control I have with the shorter reach. I am sure it is something that I would get used to but it felt strange at the time.
     
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    I also used to have the short bed. I kept finding that there was not enough room between the tail stock and head to do all the turning setups I needed. I also found that the cross slide was limited in size and travel limiting its use. Your reach for the lead screw handle is a habit and you will quickly get into the habit of reaching for the longer one. Also the cross slide bed is larger and has a greater movement across its axis. That allows more versital set ups and you can mount a rear parting block on the back of the table and leave it there for most operations.
     
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    I second the advice. I was able to turn the armature commutator for a watchmaker's lathe motor with the long bed lathe.
     
  11. MARK A. BUTTERWORTH

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    I agree totally. I have the long bed for our shop and as a Sherline dealer I recommend it. When purchased new the long bed version comes with a larger 3 jaw chuck and also larger Jacob’s chuck which are very useful. Those pretty much take care of the cost difference. My first lathe was a short bed one and I like the extra working space as well.
     
  12. Bruce Alexander

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    My mentor used and recommended the shorter bed so that's what I went with although I was looking at the long bed. I haven't regretted my decision but I'm not turning posts for large Tall Case movements either. I guess it only makes sense that the long bed will do everything the short bed can do and then some.
     
  13. brian fisher

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    I don't want to jack your thread, but I have been looking at those Smithy 1220 lathe/mill combo machines. they seem to be of good quality. I've seen a few used ones in the 1200 dollar range. I don't know if the 3 jaw chuck can be removed to install collets on that model, but if it is possible, that would make it much more useful for our purposes.
     

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