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Forum topic by alittleoff posted 11-09-2016 03:38 PM 683 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2016 03:38 PM

Are these old lathes any good? I found a couple of them on craigslist, this one is asking 280.00 and another one which looks older for 250.00 with some tools.

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#1 posted 11-09-2016 03:57 PM

I’m not a fan of single tube lathes—too many issues getting and keeping centers aligned. Those pop up around here in better shape for $100-150 routinely, so they would be overpriced in this area—your region might be different. Regardless, I would pass on those in favor of a cast iron lathe with a traditional split bed, even if that means a longer wait.

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#2 posted 11-09-2016 03:58 PM

Seems a bit steep to me, if just the machine, but if the tools are high quality, it’s not as bad of a value. One thing to consider would be availability of parts. It doesn’t appear that Sears has got much life left in it.

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#3 posted 11-09-2016 04:22 PM

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#4 posted 11-09-2016 05:21 PM

NO ! I had one of those things, and couldn’t keep the headstock and tailstock in alignment, plus extremely noisy. I gave mine away just to get rid of it. Junk.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#5 posted 11-09-2016 05:41 PM

At one time one of few entry lathes around but would never pay more than $25 to $50 for one today.

You could find better new lathes at Harbor freight for less or little more depending upon what want to turn.

-- Bill

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#6 posted 11-09-2016 08:48 PM

Those tube-type lathes are notoriously problem-prone just like Jimbo4 said. And those prices are outrageous in my neck of the woods. Those lathes come up on CL fairly often and normally for less than $100. Unless there’s $300 worth of tools with the $250 one, I’d let ‘em slide and keep looking.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 11-09-2016 08:54 PM

Seems mine is about the same age as that one….but..

Mine was the second line model back then. I has a “T” shaped rail.. Motor sucks, but it at least still runs.

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#8 posted 11-09-2016 09:13 PM

You might be happier in the long run and find a jet mini or save for a bit and get a new one. Much better quality. I’ve had mine for 16 years and not one problem.


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#9 posted 11-11-2016 02:26 AM

I have one….but it’s sitting in the shed. I replaced it with the harbor freight 10×16. I didn’t care for the craftsman. The harbor freight is priced pretty well, and is a good starter. As my skills grow I’m starting to look at new ones though.
Just my two cents

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#10 posted 11-12-2016 01:58 AM

I gave mine away to a friend if that tells you anything.

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