refurbished 1983 duracraft/craftsman 1236 lathe

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Project by David posted 1469 days ago 5816 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my lathe that i picked up for $50 with tools. It was in need of some TLC but a little scrubbing, oiling, painting and new bearings and belt, and its good as new. It was labeled as a duracraft 1236 (12” swing, 36” centers) but i found that like always craftsman had a very similar model sold under its name. Now i just need a chuck to get going on some bowls. Can’t wait.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#1 posted 1469 days ago

Oldie but goodie. Got one like it. Mine is a craftsman. They’re the same except mine hase black handles.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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Joe Watson

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#2 posted 1469 days ago

wow nice lathe you have there get out some turnings :)

-- Got Wood?

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 1469 days ago

Yep I got the crafsman Model….I got screwed I paid 80 bucks!!!!

Looks real nice refurbished, should give me some insentive to

gussy mine up. Good work David.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#4 posted 1467 days ago

You should receive many years of service out of this lathe

-- Norman

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#5 posted 1465 days ago

Yep! i got one of them also, mine is green. I have one complaint and that is the fact that the tail piece or tower is not very easy to move without throwing it out of alignment with the chuck . other than that is has worked great for many years.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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#6 posted 1457 days ago

I have one just like it…..

-- 1 John 3:16

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#7 posted 1456 days ago

I am looking at buying one similar as a starter lathe. Are these decent lathes?

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#8 posted 1455 days ago

I know I love mine, cleaned up it runs like a champ. just need to get a 4 jaw for it.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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