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    HOURS

    Hello all: Happy 4th of July.

    Considering purchasing a used lathe (sl20). Seems like it has alot of hours on it. I was wondering what is the average or acceptable spindle and travel hours per year. I was comparing the hours to my mill and the difference is signifigant. But I think that lathes tend to run continously and even lights out and maybe be a factor in hour accumulation. It seems like machines like to run and most of my trouble occurs after they sit for a while. Just trying to get some input on lathe hours. This one is about 2 years old and has 3k+ spindle hours. Did they run the heck out of it or is that average use.

    Thanks for your replies. Have a great weekend.

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    Buy a new one and save a lot of money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprew View Post
    .......This one is about 2 years old and has 3k+ spindle hours....
    Where are you getting spindle hours from?

    My machines display: Power On time, Cycle Start time and Feed Cutting time; which are you saying is Spindle time?
    An open mind is a virtue...so long as all the common sense has not leaked out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geof View Post
    Where are you getting spindle hours from?

    My machines display: Power On time, Cycle Start time and Feed Cutting time; which are you saying is Spindle time?

    Hmm.....I didnt match the readouts on my mill (same as above). I thought maybe the lathe time was measured differently. For agrument sake, Feed Cutting time would be equal to Spindle time.

    cnc_joseph I hear ya.

    Thanks for the replies

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    If you are using feed cutting time I think 3+k hours in two years is high. The machine must have run three shifts. I have a HL1 bought in 2000 that has 3600 or so hours, running one shift. Still runs fine though.
    An open mind is a virtue...so long as all the common sense has not leaked out.

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    Yea, but those are Canadian hours Geof....
    Snerk.

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