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Posted on Should I buy old Craftsman lathe?

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 05:51 PM

My mother gave me one of these Craftsman lathes years ago, and I continue to get good use out of it. A couple of things to know: it’s Morse Taper #1, so you’ll have to get all your accessories for that size. Second, at least on mine, the tail stock shifts forward and back on the pipe/lathe bed, so turning long spindles is tricky to set up. Short stuff and bowls, etc. are no problem! Third, you’re going to want to make sure the base is braced in both directions and weighted with a bunch of logs or lumber or something heavy – otherwise, when you’re turning irregularly shaped stuff, the lathe is going to want to hop. Lastly, those craftsman gouges aren’t so great. So you might want to get yourself a decent set of gouges. Of course, if you’re not practiced at gouge-sharpening, then it’s best to learn on the craftsman gouges. In short, the lathe is finicky but not impossible to use, so if you’re satisfied with the price, it’s not a bad way to go in this economy!

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