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Posted on Should I buy old Craftsman lathe?

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 03:58 PM

I agree, at $100 or less, it’s a very useful tool. Sears still has most of the parts if anything breaks and you can download the manual. I bought one a few years ago to see if woodturning was something I wanted to do…. And I still have the lathe. I’ve bought two other lathes since. A Delta Midi lathe ($150 on Craig’s List) And a big Grizzly with a spindle duplicator included. (another Craig’s List purchase and only $200) I have dedicated my Craftsman lathe to making it into a drum sander. I made the Drum from MDF circles on a all thread rod, and they slip inside a pvc pipe. I turned pear end pieces that is bolted to a faceplate on one end and the live center on the tailstock. After I made an adjustable base to slide the wood I’m sanding on, it’s GREAT!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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