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Forum topic by Josh posted 06-30-2010 05:34 PM 1214 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2010 05:34 PM

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I’ve never used a lathe and have not ever looked into purchasing one so I don’t know what to look for or anything like that. I would like to be able to use a lathe in the future for chair/table legs or for candle holders so if this is a deal then I would probably go for it but I have no idea. Anyone want to give their $0.02 on the ad.


-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 05:49 PM

Josh…..It appears to be a nice older lathe. I am very much in love with the older tools and have bought, restored and use all of them in my shop. I didnt see anything on this that would make it unsable. It will however require some time, cleaning, derusting and possibly painting. You will also need to build some sort of a stand to mount it on and a place to secure the motor. Is there any indication of a manufacturer? If so, and for that matter if not, and .org are great places to find info on maker. Its a nice lathe and with a little tlc would be really cool.

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#2 posted 06-30-2010 06:09 PM

For $50 you can’t go wrong, but let me share some additional thoughts – -

If you are going to start turning, the lathe is just part of the equipment you will need. You will need some cutting tools (gouges, skews, parting tools, etc.) You don’t need the real expensive stuff, but you should avoid the real cheap stuff.

You really have to have a good system for sharpening your lathe tools. It’s very difficult to properly sharpen free hand with a sharpening stone. You really need a slow speed grinder and a sharpening jig.

There are good books and DVDs on turning, but it is better to get some one-on-one training to get started properly. Turning is a “feel thing”. You’ll know you are turning properly when it feels right. It takes a while to get the feel for turning. One-on-one instruction can help you get started.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 06-30-2010 06:10 PM

I just saw one like it in an antique shop with no motor and they wanted $75.00 for it . I think if nothing else you could clean it up and use it as a learner then when you know what you are doing step up and buy a better one. If you clean it up proper you could probly sell it for more $$$$$$$$ just a thought…...........Schloemoe

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 11:23 PM

Cool, I’m gonna see if its still available then and try and get a steal of deal. thanks for the input.

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 02:24 AM

For a “learner” lathe, like schloemoe said, you might as well go to Harbor Freight and spend $99 and buy a brand new 40” lathe you can use without having to invest a lot of time and money into getting working. That’s what I did, and it’s a good lathe.
They also have 20% off coupons in the newspaper all the time, so you can get a lathe for $80.
This one looks okay, but you will need to mount it on something, mount the motor on something, and get all that tweaked so the belts work correctly, then remember to stay away from the motor end because there’s no guard over the spinning bits :)

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 04:53 PM

Thanks for the advice Moge, since I’m not in ‘need’ of a lathe right now I decided I would make a low offer and see what they said. I sent an email to them yesterday saying I would buy it if they dropped the price to $30. If they accept then cool, I have something I can start playing with (and I’ll probably start posting losts of questions on how to use a lathe) and if they don’t accept it then oh well.

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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