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Forum topic by jeff robinson posted 07-15-2012 03:02 PM 1615 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2012 03:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe

I’ve never used a lathe but I’ve always wanted to try it out. i just picked up this vintage lathe dirt cheap. has anyone heard of or used a Wallace lathe.i wanted to know if modern accessories will work with this lathe

-- jeff robinson, panama city, fl

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 04:45 PM

i saw one on the bill of sale for an auction a couple of weeks ago. i hadn’t heard of them either, so i tried to look them up. everything i found was at least 60 years old. i think they’ve been out of buisiness for awhile.

btw, that’s a cool looking machine you’ve got. enjoy it!

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 06:12 PM

wow! xmas comes early! I’ve never used one but have to opine that they look dangerous if you’re not careful (I think all cutting happens in the direction towards the user…but you have a few turners here that can explain the “do s and don’t s”.

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 07:08 PM

Looks like direct drive right off the end of the motor. This could be a problem if you want to mount a chuck or faceplate. Or if you wish to select different speeds. You can easily do spindle turning with the spur, but turn that toolrest mount around on the bed! Good Luck.

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 07:33 PM

Nice piece of old arn!

You need to head over to both Vintage Machinery and Old Woodworking Machines, if you haven’t already.

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