I’ll keep this short and to the point, and while it does not involve anything that is labeled a “woodworking tool” I do use this for woodworking projects, so it does tie in nicely.
I was looking to upgrade my metal lathe for quite some time, and thats a story on it’s own, but recently have finally found the upgrade package at a machinery liquidator 2 states over. This is my first US made and “Old American Iron” machine and you can just FEEL the quality from the 1/4” steel cabinets, to the machined and ground gears and shafts. this is just a beautiful machine (to me), and I can see how it becomes unfair to compare an old-school unisaw with a new outsourced saw – and I do own an outsourced saw which works great for me.
The new(old) lathe is a Clausing 10” lathe and is 900lbs:
Which brings me to my next point – 900lbs and 2 states over meant I needed to figure out how to transport this thing over. After checking all my options and running all the numbers I was offered help from a fellow LJ and wanted to thank Lisa (dustbunny) and her husband Ward for helping me transport the lathe from CT to MA. This was a tremendous help both in logistics of the move itself, and also in the experience gained from this regarding moving and handling of this heavy type of equipment that will come in handy in future projects.
So from the bottom of my heart,A BIG THANK YOU LISA AND WARD!
It’s nice to find the true spirit of LJ sprouting out from time to time.
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