Some time ago when Craftex produced their CT128 with a 1" spindle size there was considerable debate about whether it was strong enough for the swing capacity etc. etc. Now the CT128 has a 1/4" x 8 spindle and everyone seems happy. Just an example of how manufacturers do listen or look and update. Now imagine my dismay when a friend opens up the headstock on his green International lathe and the spindle size is reduced from 1 1/4" to 1" between the bearings. PLUS right behind the inboard bearing there are 3 round headed screws drilled and tapped into the spindle for the magnetic RPM reader. So I guess the moral of the story is don't be fooled by external visuals or what's written on spec sheets. There are some who think the bottom line is everything and set out to deceive. I know if it was my lathe there would be some very strong language in a letter on it's way. So once again buyer beware!
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Lathe Spindle sizes