For my hobby I build 5" gauge ride on electric locomotives and wagons. I have been looking at the 8L Lathe to turn wheels and axles for my rolling stock. I expect after getting the 8L, I will find lots of other items to turn. However, the 8L lathe appears to be limited to only using a 4" 3 or 4 jaw chuck and 5C collet chucks. Some of the wheels I need to turn are 4" in diameter, and start from mild steel bar that is a slightly larger in diameter.
Does anyone have any experience of using a larger chuck on the 8L, or is the 8L limited to having a maximum chuck side of 4". Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, my budget and available electrical supply does not extend to considering the 15L Lathe as an option.