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Forum topic by DDWW posted 09-24-2018 06:05 PM 557 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DDWW

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09-24-2018 06:05 PM

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I grabbed this off Craigslist. Its a bit of an oddball 1hp lathe. You change speeds by manually changing the belt. I looks to be made by a UK company called Tekny for Garret Wade. My thinking was even though its an off brand that it couldn’t be too bad if Garett Wade selected it to sell. It will not see a lot of use in my hobby shop and with no experience I don’t feel guilty letting it sit for long periods, not earning a dollar. Its temporarily sitting on a rough bench.

It came only with a Spur and Live center. No wrenches for the Spindle or manual I got the live center out and it looks like the tails stock is a typical 2 MT, There is no spindle lock but it looks like its threaded on and will take two C spanners to remove..another 20 Bucks.

The guy selling it was a professional wood worker who was upgrading and had only used it occasionally for spindle turning when needed. I find professionals are the only ones on Craigslist who are reasonably priced. I think 100 was more the fair and as a result I got it out of his shop the same day.

Now I”ll probably end up spending more then this on accessories, so from that standpoint it isn’t a bargain.

I”ve got zero experience with this so I’m lurking and watching Youtube Videos. Unfortunalty I split most of my firewood into small pieces so I have nothing screaming turn me.


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hairy

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 07:12 PM

I would probably have done the same thing, and I don’t need another lathe.

I turned a lot of scraps from 2×4’s into file handles when I got my 1st lathe.

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 07:17 PM

You will definitely spend more on accessories. Tough to find good turning tools for less than $100 each. Then you need a sharpening setup, another couple $100. A 4 jaw chuck will set you back >$200. And the list goes on.

I enjoy turning, but thought you might like to know what you’ve gotten yourself into. I inherited my setup from my grandfather, so the only upgrade I bought was a 4 jaw chuck. I also modified mine to variable speed using a free treadmill motor and controls. I think I spent $20 for a box for the controls.

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DDWW

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 07:29 PM

Thanks for ripping the bandaid off. : ) I”m looking down the black hole thinking i’m gonna have to make a lot of pepper grinders to pay for this addition to the shop.


You will definitely spend more on accessories. Tough to find good turning tools for less than $100 each. Then you need a sharpening setup, another couple $100. A 4 jaw chuck will set you back >$200. And the list goes on.

I enjoy turning, but thought you might like to know what you ve gotten yourself into. I inherited my setup from my grandfather, so the only upgrade I bought was a 4 jaw chuck. I also modified mine to variable speed using a free treadmill motor and controls. I think I spent $20 for a box for the controls.

- LittleShaver

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 07:41 PM

This looks like your lathe minus the stand.

http://www.lathes.co.uk/tekny/

If you remove the spur drive center do have MT 2 lathe spindle or is it screwed on? You need to know what threads per inch of the lathe spindle before buying a 4 jaw scroll chuck. Cannot really see if can remove the spur center with an allen wrench. Is there a hole in the knurled piece can use to unscrew?

-- Bill

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DDWW

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 07:45 PM

Thats exactly what I thought seems to be the only thing on the net accept for some old for sale listings from South Africa.

This one says it has a # 3 MT and the one I got is a 2 MT which I think is more standard and the kind of change a manufacture might request in something they were re badging.

I was thinking of buying that manual, but there isn’t much to it so It may not be helpful.


This looks like your lathe minus the stand.

http://www.lathes.co.uk/tekny/

If you remove the spur drive center do have MT 2 lathe spindle or is it screwed on? You need to know what threads per inch of the lathe spindle before buying a 4 jaw scroll chuck. Cannot really see if can remove the spur center with an allen wrench.

- Wildwood

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 07:48 PM

Looks like a good fine. Many of the Record lathes (UK) are the two bar type.
I see the collar on the spindle has a hole. Could this be to lock it? Never saw one like that before.
I would try a phillip head screwdriver and try rotating the spindle by hand to see if it locks it.

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 07:49 PM

If you are looking for turning tools that won’t break the bank I’ve had really good luck with these: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=56745&cat=1,330,56745 Good place to start and then you can upgrade as needs be.

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#8 posted 09-24-2018 08:20 PM

It looks to me that center should just screw off due to the nice knurl.

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DDWW

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#9 posted 09-24-2018 08:32 PM

This is all helpful, thanks for taking the time to comment.

I do need the turning tools.

I tried some drill rod in the hole, its only shallow and then hand turning isn’t budging it. I think it should turn off but. it hasn’t been of in a decade so it feels going to need more then hand power. Maybe a strap wrench on the knurl

The record lathe is a good idea, I think they made this lathe for a lot of companies in Europe, maybe I can find a manual. I figured out the live center by instructions on a Rinkon.

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DDWW

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#10 posted 10-01-2018 06:25 PM

Update on getting the Spur chuck out. It has a 2MT inside and and outside is a 1×8TPI thread. If that helps anyone who runs across one of these. The live center is also a 2MT standard.

Spindle was on there good held on with pitch looks like they turned a lot of Pine.
There is not spindle lock but there are 5/16 holes behind the chuck on the spindle. I put a piece of drill rod in that and wedged it against the machine. There are two holes. in the spur chuck I put a drill bit in one of those and tapped it w a rubber mallet. It didn’t take much to get it to move.

It probably came w Spaner Wrenches of some sort, but I’ll make something w the drill rod.

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#11 posted 10-01-2018 09:03 PM

Sounds great glad you have the problem solved! Good luck with new lathe.

-- Bill

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