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Fuldraw

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09-10-2018 02:07 AM

I just got offered this lathe for $500 I know zero about them but have wanted one for small projects for a while. Is this thing any good? Any specifics I should look for when I check it out?
Thanks
In advance


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#1 posted 09-10-2018 02:31 AM

$500 is way to much for that old lathe. Personally, I would pass on it.

-- John

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#2 posted 09-10-2018 02:34 AM

Just got them straightened out so I could see the pics.

What you have is a circa 1930 Walker Turner, Driver Lathe

As with any old iron tools they are built right, as in like a tank. Bearings, belts, spindles and motors may need work or replacement. Parts usually are ok to find, on this particular lathe I have no personal experience, maybe someone will chime in if certain parts can’t be swapped out from XYZ stuff for any tool with same sized parts.

Prices can and likely will be all over the board. Some guys would pay a premium for a right tool, in clean, and operable condition. Some old iron is sold for scrap weight, some is seriously collectible. Find out more info than what I was able to provide before buying/selling though. I think it NOT likely to be a desired collectible, because a Google of Driver lathe is a no go. It wasn’t until I added W T I got some hits. If it were in huge demand it would have been an easier Google.

For 500 bux I’d pass personally. This guy was saying the driver line was low cost tooling He was looking at a NON driver WT lathe for much less, and was debating.

If you offered the seller 100 bux worst he could do is shoot ya and eat ya, what are the odds of that.

-- Think safe, be safe

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 09-10-2018 02:44 AM

Saw this after posting, Running off the lathe motor you could add tools. features, functions. Think Shop Smith before SS.

Makes it more interesting, add doesn’t say anything about other functions in the 500 dollar price does it?

Possibly why it got the thought it was cheap tooling. Some people think SS is cheap junk. As to Walker Turner I have only ever known them to be beasts, so maybe the guy who posted that piece I posted didn’t really know what he was talking about.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Wildwood

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#4 posted 09-10-2018 12:37 PM

Agree with other posters that lathe not worth $500. Bet that old lathe with face plates didn’t cost that much new.

Buying a wood lathe for small projects could mean anthing from mini, maxi, with or without bed extension to full size lathe. Buying wisdom says buy bigger than actually need. You can turn little things on a big lathe, cannot turn big things on small lathe. Things to look for: distance between centers & swing, & lathe horse power.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 09-10-2018 04:01 PM

From the picture, it looks like everything is there. Most say $500 is too much for a 88 year old machine. I agree, but you have to compare it with a similar sized machine of today. As far as rugged construction is concerned, the WT wins To find a new machine that is as robust, you may have to pay 1 to 2 thousand. That motor, if it is as old, speaks for itself. They were built to last, not like today’s motors. If it were me, I probably wouldn’t pay more than $300. Just the cast iron legs alone are very expensive if included in today’s machine and they don’t wear out.

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#6 posted 09-10-2018 04:46 PM

For $500 I’d buy a brand new grizzly mini and some tools- and maybe even a chuck.

For that kind of money I’d definitely get something with a standard thread pitch, #2 morse tapers, not to mention new style banjo and locking handles.

Not worth nearly $500 in my book. Unless you just like “Old Arn”.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#7 posted 09-10-2018 05:09 PM

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#8 posted 09-14-2018 05:53 PM


For $500 I d buy a brand new grizzly mini and some tools- and maybe even a chuck.

For that kind of money I d definitely get something with a standard thread pitch, #2 morse tapers, not to mention new style banjo and locking handles.

Not worth nearly $500 in my book. Unless you just like “Old Arn”.

- Underdog

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$100 tops if it works. Otherwise I’d pass. Can’t really see what’s on the shelf. By the time you buy tools, chucks etc you’re gonna be out $1000 and are still gonna want a variable speed motor. Plus, you said small projects. Unless you’re planning on turning table legs that thing will take up a lot of space.

My $25 lathe find. Added a free treadmill motor and controller for variable speed but still spent over $500 on accessories.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 09-14-2018 07:51 PM

I LOVE old Walker-Turner machines. They were exceptionally well made. But unless there’s four $100 bills and a fifty on that stand somewhere, not a chance! ;-)

Actually, looking again, with that stand, maybe $100…

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

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 01:54 AM

Don’t buy it

-- Youngsville, LA

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#11 posted 09-19-2018 12:08 PM

Run away

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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Planeman40

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#12 posted 09-19-2018 01:45 PM

I love the old iron! Well built and will run forever. That Walker Turner lathe is a very solid good old lathe that will work well for you for years. Not worth $500, but maybe $200. It it were me, I would love to have it. I have had a vintage 1940s Delta 12” lathe I bought back in the late 1960s that is still going strong.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#13 posted 09-19-2018 02:26 PM

WT makes great tools BUT when they die they die hard everyone is looking for parts for these classic machines
https://lancaster.craigslist.org/tls/d/wanted-walker-tuner-drill/6701435856.html :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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