|Forum topic by Mark Shymanski||posted 08-12-2013 02:02 AM||1518 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-12-2013 02:02 AM
Earlier today I took a bit of time off to tour around the country side and check out a “large garage sale”. Now I normally have no patience for garage sales but this one had the eye catching words like ‘lathe’ and ‘lots of hand tools’. The sale was in Rivers, Mb which is about 45 minutes away. It was a sale that they posted they would be putting more stuff out as they cleaned up the yard. This suggested to me that these tools were part of an estate sale, which it turned out was true. So I’m wandering through the various items but see no power tools. This was the second day of the sale so I figured I’d missed out. I found an egg beater drill with a working 3 jaw chuck for fifty cents, American made by the way, and looked at a bunch of handsaws but nothing else really caught my eye. I picked it up figuring I came all this way I should at least buy something:-) Just then the lady who’ s husband’s stuff I was looking at piped up that there’s a bunch of ‘big’ tools in the back. So she went with me opened up this cluttered shed/workshop. There in the front is an either really old tablesaw or it was home made, but in behind under a bunch of plastic tarps was this really odd looking Boss Master lathe by Watson Machine Ltd. It seems to have all the essential bits to it, but as I am inspecting it the lady volunteers that she just wants it gone and that it was free! So I bring my RAV round to the shed and am trying to figure out how I’m going to lift this large frame and lathe which are firmly bolted together into my vehicle. I guess the son in law, Mark, sees my predicament and doesn’t really want to see the thing trashed so he volunteers to drive it into Brandon for me as he lives here also! I asked in passing if there were any chisels to go with the lathe that I could purchase. They weren’t really sure but Mark said to come with him and help dig through some tools that he was taking home. Sure enough there was one chisel and some others that I am not sue if they are turning chisel or not. So the drill, three chisels and one lathe cost me fifty cents…well I actually gave her a bit more than that so it felt like a little better deal.
The very stout stand and lathe after delivery.
This is a unique drive system, some of it looks home made some of it look like it was factory made.
The name plate.
It is pretty encrusted with sawdust/grease but the motor turns smoothly, the spindles and such fell a bit dry but that should be fixable. I almost turned the lathe on but noticed one of the marrett nuts holding the power cord wiring had cracked and the plug had extra wires poking out along the prongs so I’m going to get my brother to do a quick inspection on it before I power it up. So if the lathe doesn’t work I got a great little egg beater for 50 cents, if the lathe does work I’ll be one happy camper!
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