old walker turner.... good buy or waste of money?

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Forum topic by essexry posted 04-04-2013 03:07 PM 22749 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2013 03:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe walker turner

I’ve arranged to buy this on craigslist locally for $125. I know the Walker Turner driver line series is low quality, as far as I can tell, this is not a driver line. She looks pretty old but I’m pretty sure its a good unit that I will put through a test before I load it on the truck. The seller says the head and tailstock are aligned beautifully, the bearings are good, and is in good running order. I’m new to turning and this will be my first lathe. What do you guys think, did I come up with a quality tool or an old piece of crap? Also, anybody with any info on the taper, head, and tailstock, anything missing, or anything else I might want to buy to make this a good machine, I love information. Thanks all.

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 04:08 PM

I would buy that lathe if working. Looks like a lot of accessories come with it too! PDF file give data on lathe and can buy owners manual for repair and maintenance. I would buy the owner’s manual too!

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 04:12 PM

I’m not familiar with Walker Turners other than they made a lot of machines for Sears back in the day. My impression, which may be wrong, is that they are generally mid-range to budget quality. Wood lathes are not very complicated machines. If the centers align, the bearings are good and the tapers and threads are all standard sizes, that’s all you need. I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Go to and you’ll probably find a manual.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 04:17 PM

Buy it. Walker Turner made some heavier machines
and they are good.

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 05:27 PM

Holy crap you suck. That is an amazing piece, worth a lot more than $125. I love W-T machines, and that’s basically my dream lathe.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 05:30 PM

Rick: you’re maybe thinking of King-Seeley, which fits the description of mid-range to budget. Walker-Turner did make some band saws for Craftsman in the ‘30s, and had a few hobbyist machines. W-T was a quality brand, though, on par with Delta.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 05:58 PM

I’ve got a vintage walker turner bandsaw.

I’m not that far from you, so if you’re not buying it, I may take a road trip.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 07:37 PM

Buy it. It looks like the headstock and tailstock are #2 morse taper. That’s standard for regular size lathes. If it runs and the bearings are good it’s a great buy. The chisels alone would cost you more that $125.

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 07:41 PM

For $125 I would buy it just to clean it up and resell it for $500 or $600 , I don’t do turning as me and Lathes don’t seem to speak the same language.

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 07:49 PM

If you’re not going to buy it, please PM me with a link or the contact info. I suspect the gouges are worth more than the $125.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 07:53 PM

I have a late ‘30s vintage WT (Craftsman) jointer and it’s a very well build machine. Tables are still parallel after all these years. And the motor appears to be original equipment as well…. still makin’ chips in my shop.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 04-04-2013 08:18 PM

That’s a good buy at $125, I would buy it.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#12 posted 04-04-2013 11:37 PM

Buy it on the cool styling alone. I can see this cleaned up painted an absolute loud version of orange. Whenever someone walks into the shop they cant help but say “Now that is cool”

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#13 posted 04-05-2013 01:41 AM

Oh God no!!! Orange???

Paint it a nice machine gray like the original. I have a wonderful Walker Turner 14” bandsaw that I wouldn’t swap or sell for anything! That’s a fantastic deal. Take it NOW!!!


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#14 posted 04-05-2013 01:43 AM

No, you don’t want that lathe. Give me the guys name, address and phone number and I’ll give him a piece of my mind.

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#15 posted 04-05-2013 10:47 AM

thanks all for the info. I’m on my way to pick her up and bring her to a new home. I’ll post some bowls once shes up and running in my shop, and maybe some resto pics later on down the road. Orange is a little loud for my taste, simple machine grey for my old girl.

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