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Posted on Should I buy old Craftsman lathe?

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 01:10 PM

Got one you can have Its virtually brand new. The first owner not knowing much about a lathe had it throw a spindle at him and that was the last he used it. I have used the motor off it something else but motors are readily availiable. I also made a brass tube for it 42” long and have used it for turning and sanding sticks. As far as the other lathe goes $25.00 to $50.00 tops. If all you are looking to do is a foot or less and I will probably get flamed for this but pick uo the Harbor Freight Mini Wood lathe. It is a good little dedicated lathe for small stuff its cast Iron and heavy so not much vibration and has a dc Variable speed motor. $5 worth of better set screws and I have used one as a dedicated Pen lathe for two years and I make quite a few pens and small weed pots. Watch for coupons and you can pick it up for less than $100

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