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Topic tags/keywords: question lathe rockwell delta turning

Hi guys. This picture is so small (I’m trying to figure out the camera on my new phone) that it may not be any help. I have a guy offering me this lathe for $200. I’m going back to his place next week to turn a piece or two to make sure it works. It is really heavy duty and I think it is a Rockwell Delta but I’m not sure. Everything has a SOLID coat of battleship gray paint to prevent rust that has been on there for years so I can’t find any numbers without stripping the paint. Assuming it works well, would this be worth $200?

Scott

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#1 posted 2208 days ago

Bad pic you should try again.
Bob

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#2 posted 2208 days ago

There we go!

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#3 posted 2208 days ago

any idea how old it is?

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#4 posted 2208 days ago

If the bed is made of cast iron, it could also be an old craftsman. My Dad had one that looked like this and it was as solid as a rock. I’m not a lathe expert, but I believe the lathes with the cast iron beds, rather than the tube types, are sturdier. I would pay $200 to have that old lathe back.

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#5 posted 2208 days ago

I’m guessing Oliver.

Bob

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#6 posted 2208 days ago

I’m not sure how old it is. But it is VERY solid. The bed and legs are cast iron. He says he is fairly certain it is a Delta but that is all he knows.

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#7 posted 2208 days ago

Looks like a Delta from the leg castings. I had a Rockwell lathe
with the same castings and it was very similar to this lathe.

Check the tool rest to make sure it lines up parallel to the work.

On my lathe the fit and finish wasn’t so great and the tool rest was
a little crooked.

It’s a decent lathe for spindle turning and other light work.

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#8 posted 2207 days ago

Would it be OK for turning bowls?

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#9 posted 2207 days ago

Yes for bowls . No for big, crazy, unbalanced burls and other
outrageous forms.

I have a bunch of 6” faceplates for this 8 TPI lathes…
if you need some they are for sale.

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#10 posted 2207 days ago

Scott, with a light frame like that one appears to be you would need to control the vibration. Either fix it to the floor or put some heavy items on it.

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#11 posted 2206 days ago

Like a couple of sandbags or something?

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#12 posted 2206 days ago

Sandbags are a great idea. i built a platform in the bottom of my lathe & filled it with hardwood blanks that I will one day use for turning.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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