looking for a 10" atlas with timken bearing headstock

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05-08-2013 01:55 AM

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I am looking for an Atlas lathe in any kind of shape to convert into a wood turning lathe for a friend who is disabled. He loves turning but has some dificulty with being steady enough with conventional tools on larger stuff. I can modify the lathe to perform well for him but I need a lathe to start with. The one particular is that the headstock needs to have timken bearings VS the babet or plain bearings. Any one have one or info on one that might be available?

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 03:40 AM

Youtube is blocked here at work but if you search oreos40 as a video poster you will get a look at what I am hoping to do.

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 11:52 PM

You haven’t said where you are located.

If you are in the Northeast or upper Midwest your chances are better at finding something as these are (were?) industrial states. I know here in the South the pickings are slim. As you won’t need the precision, a worn lathe would work as long as its all there and working, or can easily be put back into working condition.

I keep up with the auctions pretty much and my suggestion would be to watch the auctions noted below, Craig’s List, and eBay. Be aware true U.S. government military stuff is usually rusty as hell. The first link in my opinion is your best bet as it is primarily state and local government stuff which is usually pretty good stuff. At least it hasn’t been sitting out in the weather for a couple of years. Be prepared to drive a ways to pick it up and be sure to carefully read each auction’s buyer’s instructions. Also be aware it is common practice for the auction house to charge either the seller or the buyer – or both – an auction fee of around 5 to 10 percent. It is how they make a living. Factor that into your costs calculations. There may be some local auctions if you search. Also, keep in touch with people who sell new metal lathes for a living. They often take in a trade-in.


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#4 posted 05-09-2013 12:05 AM

I see why you would want this particular lathe. Great video

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#5 posted 05-09-2013 02:03 AM

Thanks Norm, I am in MN but I have quite a large range. the fellow that will end up with the lathe is in omaha. If I can get the same lathe I can make an attachment and be sure of fit and then send it to him to install on his own. I am at home so I can post some direct links for the vids.
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#6 posted 05-09-2013 09:13 PM

just to clarify I have an atlas. The one in the videos. I am looking for one for the fellow in Omaha.

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