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Forum topic by OnlyJustME posted 10-04-2012 09:01 PM 2511 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2012 09:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe

Finally got a tool gloat!!!

Just got a steal of a deal on craigslist. picked up an old ToolKraft lathe for only $25. It came with chisels and quite a few accessories. Drive centers, live centers, and plates. It has just over 6” from center to bottom of the gullet and at least 36” between. Came on stand with motor too. I just tested it out on a piece of oak from my firewood stack. I guess you would call it quarter split? lol It works nice but the motor was getting pretty hot. It’s only a 1/3 hp ge motor.

turned a handle for something just freehand messing around.

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 09:26 PM

Sure beats the heck outa my first “tube” lathe.
Watch the motor. Shouldn’t be gettin’ too hot with continuous duty.


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#2 posted 10-04-2012 09:46 PM

Wow! Only $25 bucks for that! Your a lucky guy!

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 10:35 PM

see now that’s the kind of deal i’m looking for. nothing fancy but a lathe is the last significant piece of hardware i could use. for $25, i’d even be willing to try to rearrange the shop (again) to accommodate it. that deal definitely rates a very hearty “YOU SUCK!!!”.

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#4 posted 10-04-2012 11:13 PM

When Craigslist gives you a deal…it’s always one worth sharing! :D I did a quick search for you. This lathe by ToolKraft was likely made in the 1980s or so. There is a website that sells parts for it.

They also just found some “old lathe accessories catalogue” pages that you may find useful. Anyway, they might be able to stop that engine from getting so hot for few bucks. It’s worth a shot.

Nice deal! Nice work!

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 11:50 PM

A working tool for the price of the scrap iron… congratulations

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 12:09 AM

Congrats for sure. If the motor becomes a problem it can be replaced or even maybe rebuilt reasonably inexpensive.

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#7 posted 10-05-2012 12:28 AM


Very nice lathe and for a great price also. Also you did some nice coves and beads on the Oak. If you want to it would be easy to upgrade to another motor up to 1hp if you want to buy one.

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 12:40 AM

Much earlier than 80’s. Easy peasy to put a bigger motor on that – here’s your manual:

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 02:12 AM

Those old motors will run hot, doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it.

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 02:20 AM

awesome price … enjoy it ! make some thing really cool !

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 02:32 AM

Very nice, I have been trolling CL for 2 months EVERY DAY. These deals are RARE. NICE!


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#12 posted 10-05-2012 03:04 AM

Thanks for all the info guys. I have a few motors around if this one goes bad. It’s a weird erector set of a stand and i’ll probably build a new one for it soon.

Arlin i was surprised the turning came out as good as it did since i haven’t done any turning in about 16 years. Kinda like riding a bike i guess. Still could use some professional instruction of course. I was only a rookie 16 years ago and that was only on pens.

Now i just need to find some nicer wood in the wood pile.

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#13 posted 10-05-2012 03:08 AM

Great find! Congratulations.

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#14 posted 10-05-2012 04:02 AM

cool deal ,congrats.

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