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Forum topic by michael crawford posted 06-02-2011 03:23 AM 9510 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2011 03:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe question vintage old

im looking at picking this one up. seller says that it has a 12 inch capacity, 36 between centers, and works well.

the serial number is 56-5819

after a google search, and looking on the oldtools website, i cannot find anything.

what im looking to do is replace my shopsmith mk V with a dedicated lathe for turning. i want something powerful, easy to setup/adjust, stable, and able to turn large vases and bowls. will also be turning some canes for some elderly folks that i know (most of them are car guys, so ill probably do something ccool like turn pistons for the heads, or shift knobs, or something like that)

this tool appears to be pretty solid, and fairly somplete. if i knew a little more about it before driving 3 hours each way to check it out, that would be great.

One of the reasons im looking at this is that i know its old. my guess is from the mid 40’s. after inheriting a lot of my great grandfathers tools, i have came to the conclusion that i like the quality and feel of the old stuff. i also like restoring them, as they take up much less space than cars. (my other hobby).

anyway, enough rambling.
anyone got any info on this thing?


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#1 posted 06-02-2011 05:47 PM

It look similar to this? I think this one is a 46 delta.


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#2 posted 06-02-2011 05:54 PM

I think I’ve got the same model. It works really well and could be a great deal. I bought mine at auction many years ago and paid about $125 or so. Not quite sure as it’s been over 20 years. The tapers are standard and you can get what you need at most any woodworking site. You can see mine in my shop pictures.

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