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MikeOB

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822 days ago

Started thinking about buying my first lathe…since I have not turned 1 thing before I was thinking of taking a beginners class…but anyway. I found this…
a Rockwell 46-111 for $235…

is this a good deal? is it a model I would not be able to get parts for? should I stay away from this one since I’m a newbie at it?

any suggestions would be great…thanks

-- Mike, Portage, WI


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dhazelton

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#1 posted 822 days ago

At first blush it sounds a bit high, but if it is plug and play with all the accessories….or does it need a stand and restoration? I’d look here for comparables:

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=1191&tab=4

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#2 posted 822 days ago

this is what it comes with:

wood lathe with stand, excellent shape. 36 X 11 inch spindle capacity, 14 inch inboard faceplate capacity. Out board turning available with appropriate faceplate. 4 speed, belt driven. Comes with spur drive, dead center, live center, 3 tool rests, manual, wrench, small faceplate and leather padded anchor boards

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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MikeOB

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#3 posted 822 days ago

http://madison.craigslist.org/tls/2962936780.html

here is the post with a pic

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 822 days ago

Sounds like a very good deal to me. I’d jump on it if I were you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 822 days ago

This is one of the old sturdy gap bed lathes, so called because of the gap between the headstock and the
start of the rails that allows you to turn slightly larger short bowls and plates. The bearings in the headstock
are easy to replace and the manual will tell you how to do this if it is necessary. I have a similar lathe without
the gap bed and with a couple of the combination right hand/left hand threaded face plates that are difficult
to come by. The threads on the drive should be 1”-8TPI right hand on inboard and left hand on the outboard.
Those anchor boards look like they are made to be inserted between the lathe bed and the bench to raise
the rails. This will make it easier to reach under the rails and attach and remove the tool rests and other
accessories. In my opinion it is a great starter lathe at that price and will give you great service.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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robbiethewood

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#6 posted 822 days ago

hi looks OK a couple of things you would want to check the bearings the belt and the motor if the guy that is selling it lets you try before you buy that would be great looks like its coming from a good home from here great little starter lathe

-- http://robbiethewoodturner.net/

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 822 days ago

And a first good lathe it is, I would buy it. Maybe it comes with more than one turning tool?
You’ll have to learn how to sharpen the turning tools as well. Good luck Mike.

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nick85

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#8 posted 822 days ago

I would jump on it quick before it’s gone! Granted I got my first lathe for free by digging it out of a shed, but I’m already wishing I had something like the one you posted. Most lathes similar to that are going for $300+ around here, and don’t come with any of the extras… =(

-- "I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."

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MikeOB

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#9 posted 821 days ago

he told me the lathe is 25+ years old but in very good shape. What does a lathe like this cost new? just curious..

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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David Kirtley

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#10 posted 821 days ago

The only negative thing I would say is that I personally prefer a variable speed lathe. Other than that, it sounds like an good deal. Looks to be barely used.

As far as price, something new in that caliber you are leaving the store at least $500 poorer minimum.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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MikeOB

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#11 posted 819 days ago

I ended up buying it!

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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David Kirtley

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#12 posted 819 days ago

Thanks for letting us know. Usually people don’t bother and just leave us hanging. :)

Enjoy it. Lathes are a lot of fun.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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robbiethewood

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#13 posted 818 days ago

good luck whit your new adventure

-- http://robbiethewoodturner.net/

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nick85

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#14 posted 818 days ago

Quick tip from someone else who just started turning:
SHARPEN YOUR TOOLS BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE!

I figured mine were sharp enough, but no, piece of palm whacked me right in the face… =S

Other than that, it’s a lot of fun, and a little hypnotizing at times…

-- "I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."

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ratchet

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#15 posted 818 days ago

Be sure you where a full face shield and learn the safety procedures before you get started. You can seriuosly whack yourself with these things.

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