To the young
man - particularly the young blacksmith - who is endeavoring
to increase his usefulness this volume is directed, that he
may perhaps by its perusal be enabled to make use of my
years of experience and thereby be able to do more and
better work and increase his usefulness and earning
of a Lathe
Hardly a day
passes but the progressive smith sees opportunity for
increased profit if his shop contained some appliance for
doing a little machine work.
Particularly is this the case
when automobile work is to be done, but in the ordinary run
of custom work there are numberless opportunities for work
which has to be "sent to the machine shop" because there is
no machine in the smithy which can be made to turn up a
journal bearing or face up a collar or a flange.
also numerous opportunities for making work when a good
lathe is at hand, and the smith who once has a good tool of
this kind in his shop will never again be without one.
who has an idea of putting in a screw-cutting lathe should
lose no more time thinking over the matter. Secure the lathe
at once, and then begin to be sorry — that it was not
secured long before.
question the smith is called upon to decide is "What size of
lathe is it best to purchase?" This is a very hard question
to decide, for no matter what size of lathe is purchased
there will come a time when it is entirely too small.
time comes when the lathe is entirely too large for the work
that should be done upon it.
AMES F. HOBART
June 15, 1907