So this little guy found his way to my place this morning via a friend who thought it would be what I have been searching for. Other than the operators manual over at vintagetools.com there is very little info I could find on the web about these.
My biggest use for a lathe at the moment is to turn my own fishing lures, bobbers and custom parts for whatever I am building so heavy duty is not necessarily a requirement. Before I begin to clean it up, beef up the flimsy conduit bed and build a stand for it, I thought I would ask- Anyone ever use an old companion lathe? I understand that there might be an issue with the headstock threads not matching up to common lathe chucks and accessories.
After tinkering with it for a few I found the bearings to be tight and smooth and everything seems to function as it should. For such a light duty lathe I was surprised to see it will handle 12” stock and has a 48” long bed. Is it possible this little guy could be a good all around shop lathe, or better off dedicated to becoming a duplicator for my fishing lures? If I go the duplicator route, I’ll drop the bed length down to about 20” so it will fit neatly in the corner on a small stand and keep looking for a better lathe.
If it is worth keeping full size, where is the best place to purchase accessories such as chucks and face plates? I’ve been without a lathe for years and excited to be able to turn a bit of wood again.
-- Proud owner of an electronics free workshop. Please check your cell phone at the door!