Craftex CT039 or B2227L

Discussion in 'Tools' started by sandoz, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. Dec 15, 2017 #1

    sandoz

    sandoz

    sandoz

    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    2
    Hello,

    I'm looking to*buy my first lathe. The last time I used a lathe was in high school shop class over 20 years ago but I have a few things I want to make and have the opportunity to buy the CT039 or the B2227L. I've done a little research on the two lathes and have found pros and cons on each. I was wondering if anyone has used them both and can help me out with my decision. There are a lot of good things I found on both.
    ​​​​​​​
    Thanks
     
  2. Dec 15, 2017 #2

    Nick Hulme

    Nick Hulme

    Nick Hulme

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    68
    Given that capacity over the cross slide and length between centres length are close to identical I'd go for the one with the larger bore, if nothing else it gives you more choices of stock size where you don't have to chop off short sections to be able to work.
    The only point where more through capacity becomes a problem is when the lathe gets large enough that RPM is limited and high RPM is nice to have for small jobs and some material/tooling combinations,
    Regards,
    Nick
     
  3. Dec 17, 2017 #3

    Wizard69

    Wizard69

    Wizard69

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2013
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    213
    Just a quick note as i dont have time at the moment to search out those lathes but if one of them has a bolted on chuck as opposed to a threaded spindle id go with the solidly mounted chuck.

    I bought a generic 9x20, with a screwed on chuck and frankly it is frustrating. In an ideal world running the spindle in reverse should be as easy as running it forward.

    Now that i got that off my chest a few other things to consider. A T-slotted cross slide is an advantage as is a tumbler reverse.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2017 #4

    canadianhorsepower

    canadianhorsepower

    canadianhorsepower

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1,611
    Likes Received:
    303
    Hi The B227l is the least to go with
    it's a great little machine trouble free and cheap.
    I had all of them now I have a cx707
    the best one CX709 worth every penny
     
  5. Jan 13, 2018 #5

    Dunc1

    Dunc1

    Dunc1

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    7
    I have the B227L. Very ruggedly built. got mine on sale several years ago.
    Make certain to change the headstock oil b4 use and make certain that the gasket under the headstock cover plate is not "flopped" into the space. See
    http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/45494-Craftex-B227L-Lathe-Gearbox-noise-fix

    Lead screw is 7 tpi - unusual but meets my needs.

    It lacks a tumbler gear; L-hand threading is not possible unless home-built. Plans are out there.
    The accessories (for eg steady rest, follower rest, faceplate) are used by (an)other lathe(s) in the Busy Bee system. That said, if required, I would not deliberate too long.

    Few other posts: http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/search.php?searchid=2685124 and general queries on the 'net/youtube should get a few more thoughts.
     
  6. Jan 14, 2018 #6

    Brian Rupnow

    Brian Rupnow

    Brian Rupnow

    Well-Known Member Project of the Month Winner

    Joined:
    May 23, 2008
    Messages:
    10,293
    Likes Received:
    3,076
    I was sure that I responded to this post before, but here it is again. the B2227L is a great lathe. I had one for many years, and I loved it.---Brian
     

Share This Page