help identifying this lathe

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Blog entry by thun posted 04-02-2013 08:42 AM 1026 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would like to know if anyone

knows what brand this lathe is and if a live center is available for it

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 11:45 AM

Craftsman….Most likely MT#2

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 11:56 AM

That is an old Craftsman tube bed lathe, or one of the many variations of it.
Craftsman made this lathe many moons ago. Since then, I think every company that outsourced tool manufaturing overseas has made some type of clone of it. I had a Craftsman version of it on loan a long time ago. I now have two different brands of it in my shop now, one with the Ridgid name on it.
In my opinion, these are great starter lathes. The cheaper knock-offs though are cheaply made. This one does look like the Craftsman version which seemed to use better materials, such as the metal castings and bearings.

As for the taper, that one’s an iffy. I’ve seen it in MT#1 and MT#2.


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#3 posted 04-02-2013 02:15 PM

I got that exact Craftsman lathe many years ago when I traded a brand new dogloo dog house for it. (My old springer spaniel couldn’t be taught the new trick of staying in a plastic dog house.) It had a #1MT.

I did some decent spindles on it. It was pretty solid sitting on a steel beam and angle iron legs. It was a beast to move. I couldn’t remove the legs, they were all welded together.

Someone mounted a forward and reverse switch on the lathe but never put a motor on it that would run both directions, I guess. It only had forward.

I traded it a few years ago for a few lunches with a friend at work when I decided to upgrade to the NOVA 1624 lathe.

Yes, mine had a live center. Just google a #1MT live center. They are easily available.

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 03:07 PM

The tip you see seems to be the only part that is removeable

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks I thought it was either a craftsman or a Dunlop I bought at auction for 10 dollars I thought that was a great deal cause it works fantastic

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 01:16 AM

Thun, Welcome aboard. Well $10 is an even better deal then I got on mine. I would be pretty certain it has a a #1 Morse taper on it as mine does. I bought my live center for it at Woodcraft, but I am pretty sure PennState and also carry them.
Nice find and look forward to seeing what you turn with it.

Edited: I originally thought the tip was the only removable part as well But did find I could knock the whole part out the but it took some work as it had been in there a while. You can unscrew the assembly and then work on it a bit and maybe soak it if you have to to free it up. Mine is a little newer model from the early 80’s But I would think this one would be the same. Let me know.


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