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Old 06-03-2004, 05:08 PM   #1
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V-Blocks or Ball Bearing guides?

I'm ordering my first lathe very soon and it's going to be a hudy advanced lathe. I have no idea which guides to pick. I know that both have advantages and disadvantages, and come out pretty much equal, but is there anything I should know before just flipping a coin to decide?
Also, while i'm at it, which one of these bits do i need?http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...901410620&rd=1
I heard it was AL4, just verifying.....
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Old 06-03-2004, 05:20 PM   #2
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Don't flip a coin, just choose V-blocks.
Even if they are more expensive to change they maintain the edge much more and longer than any ball bearing.
Just oil them and you can go!
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Old 06-03-2004, 05:38 PM   #3
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You can get the AL-4 bit at McMaster-Carr:
http://www.mcmaster.com/

Item: 3367A131 Grade C-2 $3.11
Item: 3367A341 Grade C-6 $3.24

See catalog page 2364
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you can also get great diamond bits from carter diamond.
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sorry,i forgot,carterdiamond.com
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v block is hands down the best,,,

bearings do have some slop... they can bind up.. and the contact area sometimes wont hold the arm right... v blocks are best...

my lathe is 14 years old.. still workin perfect.. and it is v block

the best lathe hands down.. is a cobra mod lathe.. i know many many people with them... over 10 years old.. and they are still as good as new.. i also recomend a diamond bit
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V blocks, Carbide bit and a couple of spares.

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I have bearings on my lathe and I regret not getting the v-blocks. Unfortunately they don't make V-blocks for my lathe anymore (Integy Xipp X-mod super lathe).
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