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The Screw-cutting Lathe by James F Hobart, 1907



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 capacity.

Selection 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.


There are 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.

The smith 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.

The worst 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.

Next, the time comes when the lathe is entirely too large for the work that should be done upon it.

Willoughby, Ohio,
June 15, 1907

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