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Centauro TC 1200

Started by Ryan Rodd. Last reply by Kevin Kotch Feb 9. 4 Replies

Hey guys, I'm looking for advice on upgrading lathes. I want to buy a reliable copy lathe that would allow me to accurately replicate a small to medium quantity of bats at a relatively quick speed.…Continue

European Beech Wood

Started by Matt Rehkopf. Last reply by Sarah Cahan Feb 6. 6 Replies

Anyone know how to get some European Beech wood billets? I've seen Mine bats and YAYA bats that are made out of that wood. Anyone ever hit with one or hear anything about them?Continue

Bat Billets for Sale

Started by Matt Avery Feb 5. 0 Replies

For you smaller bat turners out there, I have some bat billets for sale.  These are prime, hand-split billets available in Yellow Birch and Ash.  Selling by the 6 pack and in multiples of 6.  I will…Continue

Centauro T-5 Copy Lathe

Started by Charles Sheaff Jan 21. 0 Replies

Centauro T-5 1600 hydraulic copy lathe for sale. Set up to turn bats. Two hydraulically controlled copy units with carbide gouges do the cutting. Includes pre-cut knife and bushing for traveling…Continue

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Comment by Martin on Saturday

Wood grain - wide or narrow

For maple and birch bats, how important is distance between wood grain?  Should we look for very tight grain like a phone book or wider grain?

Comment by timothy mayo on December 5, 2014 at 10:28am

We are selling our T5 Centauro Hydraulic Copy Lathe, all accessories, 20 metal bat templates, two knife grinders. 860 335 7196

Comment by Buck Watford on November 7, 2014 at 1:29pm
I recently received a maple billet from a juco player that wanted me to turn it into a "wall hanger" for him. He stated his grandfather had bought the billets several years ago as a grandfather-grandson project, but they were unable to complete due to the grandfather's decline in health. I agreed to turn the model for him. As I did so the wood had a very strong chocolate almost maple syrup smell to the turnings. The billet was very heavy (110) oz., very dry, and seemed very dense. I assume it had been sitting for a while due to extensive end checking. Has anyone else had this experience? Could it have just been am old air dried billet that had a lot of sap?
Comment by Pelle Högström on November 1, 2014 at 2:38pm
If I remember correctly from my so called discussion with someone responsible for the bat regulations office he said that natural wood colours, black and a dark greyish tint is the approved colours except for the pink on mothers day, although the pink might be used after if it's been used on mothers day, Thome used his pink bat for over 40 games after mothers day a few years ago... :p
Comment by Thomas Bednark on November 1, 2014 at 12:53pm

MLB rules for color are natural,black or a "brown". That rule has been in place since the 1930's because bat colors got a bit wild and became a distraction. Color them to what suits you. 

Comment by Michael Paes on November 1, 2014 at 12:39pm

I happen to like a colonial red - think vintage Cincinnati.

Comment by Chameleon Bats on November 1, 2014 at 12:30pm
Struggling between dyes and paint to do a bat with!!! Any suggestions for color that pop
Comment by Bill Stanton on September 24, 2014 at 9:42pm

Louisville Slugger, the legendary baseball bat manufacturer, will retire its model P72 bat in Derek Jeter's honor and rename it DJ2. The company says it's the first time it's retired a bat model number in its 130-year history

Comment by Pat Conboy on September 11, 2014 at 1:53pm

Anyone need billets? I still have 25 Ash at $16 each
23 Birch at $23 each

11 Maple at $23 each

23 Youth at $14 each

Message me or call me for more info (570)-934-2296

Comment by Bill Stanton on August 8, 2014 at 12:21pm

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