Need help with lathe tailstock.

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So I’m not sure if I made a good decision here or not. But basically I picked up a Buffalo Brand lathe (WL-6) for $60. However the tailstock is not complete thus why I offered less than the $75 wanted. I’m pretty new to lathes and I don’t understand what is missing and I cannot find anything about this on the lathe. I’ve removed the tailstock screw from the tailstock and re-attached the head that was on the tailstock. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- Russ

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#1 posted 1338 days ago

Hmmm, wish I could help maybe some other LJs will see this as it rises to the top again.

Can you compare what you have to a similarly sized lathe and figure out what you have and what you don’t?

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#2 posted 1338 days ago

How old is it? If it’s 50’s or earlier, try Old Wood Working Machines,

Lot of guys there in the forums with knowledge of old machinery, wouldn’t hurt to ask.

-- Nate,

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#3 posted 1338 days ago

Tool King used to sell buffalo brand machinery. They have their own ‘house brand’ now. Don’t know if it’s from the same factory as harbor freight or not. Might try looking closely at some of knock off brands though.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 1338 days ago

Through some investigation and the help of a guy from SMC I was able to obtain a tailstock from a HF lathe that is nearly identical. Now I just need to get some space cleaned up to do some turning.

-- Russ

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