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By Robbo3
Mdhazell wrote:I suffer from arthritis as well so am interested in this although mine hasn't progressed to far yet. Rather than sitting have you thought about rigging something up so you can lean? Something like an angled tall bar stool so that you can take the weight off your hips/knees but without having to sit down fully. That way you would still retain the full movement you would need.

I'd forgotten all about this until your post.
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By Mdhazell
That's the sort of thing I had in mind but perhaps with a sharper angle (he mentions 4.5 degrees), I was thinking of maybe 35 - 45 degrees and just leaning rather than sitting on it.
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By Robbo3
Phill joiner wrote:What about leaning the lathe over at 45. Just a thought

I mentioned that in an earlier post ie a tilted Oneway lathe specially designed for those who have difficulty using a lathe in it's standard orientation. :)
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By Paul.J
Nice idea for the leaning/sit on bench which I think would give you more easy access round the work piece?
The lathes I have mentioned in my opening post are all designed to sit down at and all tilt forward but was hoping someone had first hand experience of using one.
Anyway it looks like I would have to part with the Vicmarc unfortunately :(
By cymelbushby
I am also disabled using a wheelchair and i can use my crutches sometimes
i have m/s Parkinsons arthritis just to say a few
i use my perching stool to sit/stand at my lathe i find it more comfortable than the wheelchair , the seat is set at a 40 degree so i rest and sit slightly on the stool
but i also have a lot of chisels that i have adjusted and reground to do the cutting
it has been hit and miss over the years to get the angels and comfort but in time you will be able to sort it out your self
hope this helps
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By Paul.J
Thank you both.
The leaning against seat is looking favourite at the moment but until I am able to try I won't know what will suit me best.
I do have a complete lathe stand from an older lathe I once had and was thinking of modifying that to suit so those plans will be useful if I go down that route but think I would prefer a dedicated sit down lathe.
I was also thinking of the Union Graduate bowl lathe which would give me better access I think as I could sit right in front of the work plus they are lower to start off with, so loads of thinking and hopefully trying out before I make my mind up??
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By Paul.J
Hi everyone.
Thought I would update you on the sit down lathe situation.
Well the VL300 was sold a few weeks ago now and I was able to go and see a Vicmarc VL200 sit down lathe curtesy of Phil Irons who was once the agent in the UK for Vicmarc.
He told me about this lathe some time ago and that how it had had very little use so was virtually new, I think Tony Wilson had tried it out but didn't rate it and since then it's been in Phil's workshop just gathering dust.
So I went to view it and all seemed ok though adjusting it on my own would be a nightmare due to the weight.
Anyhow I decided to have it and try it out and see if I could make things better while using it and came up with the idea of using an electric hoist to adjust it. This is now fixed above the lathe and works a treat all I have to do is undo the two bolts adjust it how I want and put the bolts back. However this would be impossible to do if you are wheelchair bound and would need a two people to adjust it without the hoist.
So although this lathe is designed for wheelchair users there's no way at all you could manage adjusting it on your own but once adjusted to suit your needs it works fine.
I turned my first items today while sitting and soon realised why you need short handled tools and all your tools etc near to hand whilst sitting.
The chair I got is a fully adjustable Draughtsmans chair from that well known auction site, that extends to 33" high so I can use the lathe in the upright position whilst standing and sort of sit at that height which again is comfortable for me.
So all in all the lathe is looking promising for both sitting and standing.


By Chris152
It looks great, Paul. Do you think it'll be as stable as the one you had previously, with the stand as it is (allowing for chair access/ 'cut away', I mean)?
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By Paul.J
Chris152 wrote:It looks great, Paul. Do you think it'll be as stable as the one you had previously, with the stand as it is (allowing for chair access/ 'cut away', I mean)?

Cheers Chris.
I knew that I was going to have to change what I am turning and my ways using this lathe but been over 100kg lighter than the VL300 this lathe still feels sturdy and once I get it located in a position I am happy with I will bolt it to the floor, but so far I haven't turned anything big or out of balance on it but I have some lumps of Oak that I have ready to do so that should be a good tester for it :D