39" Lee Valley Lathe??

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08-23-2013 02:16 AM

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The following ad appeared this evening on Kijiji.

Top quality, very impressive 39” heavy duty lathe on a great shop-built stand. Variable speeds for all kinds of jobs. These lathes are rare and appear to have been manufactured in the early ‘90s for Lee Valley by Shell-Ryn of Brooks, Alberta (a major manufacturer of industrial grade lathes and precision equipment). This one is in excellent condition. Price includes new 8-pc set of Benjamin’s Best chisels (M2 steel). Perfect for home shop or commercial use. Asking price is $775

The word ‘rare’ is a red flag for me. Usually means ‘old and overpriced’.

I contacted the seller asking for a model number and he hasn’t been able to find one.
Has anyone heard of this lathe? I wouldn’t consider paying that much for a tool unless replacement parts and accessories were available.

Thanks for any info,


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-23-2013 02:34 AM

This one is 450 in London, Ont. I didn’t realize Lee Valley sold any lathe other than their mini Taig lathe.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 08-23-2013 04:13 AM

Call Lee Valley and ask about it.

Lee Valley engineering is pretty good. There was a
period where good new lathes were not easy to
get and Ernie Conover and others made lathes
suitable for modern styles of work involving hollow
forms and more arty turned work.

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#3 posted 08-23-2013 10:43 AM

Mark- thanks. While each region has some price differences, I doubt it would be worth twice the price.

Loren, excellent suggestion. I will do that.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 08-23-2013 11:20 AM

Old single and double tube lathes once very popular entry and mid level lathes.

Only company still selling tube lathes I am aware of is Record. Their CL3 & CL4 still popular and parts readily available. While no vendors aware of in U.S. maybe a few in CA.

Several years ago seen a used CL2 lathes for sale for $300.00 and would have made a first lathe for man wanting to get into woodturning.

I would not pay what seller is asking for his Lee Valley lathe. Getting repaired or extra parts could really be a problem. Not sure accessories would be a problem even though spindle size and TPI information not provided.

Lathe reminds me of NOVA, T-1000 no longer made or sold. Think new ones sold for $ 1,000 at Woodcraft.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 05:24 PM

As mentioned Lee Valley usually has very good stuff, but that price for a lathe with tube ways is really high. Tube ways, IMHO are not good and limit you in many ways ( pun intended)

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#6 posted 08-23-2013 05:56 PM

Did a quick search on Shell-ryn, and they no longer make a wood lathe, so parts would be problematical, if
they do not have them, Lee Valley would not have them. That said, the main parts that would usually need
replacing are the head stock bearings, which I have replaced on a few lathes with no problems. As Moke
said this lathe would limit you. If the price was a lot less, it would make a good starter lathe, but for that
price, I would pass.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 08-23-2013 06:20 PM

I’d give it a pass for the price with tube ways. You could get a decent used cast iron bed lathe for less than that (heck you could get a nice mini with true variable speed for that).

I don’t think “variable speeds” actually means what you might like either – I can’t tell for sure but I think it just has a handful of preset speeds or is maybe a reeves drive if you’re lucky.

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#8 posted 08-24-2013 12:21 PM

Thanks for the comments folks. I’m taking a full pass on this one. I did contact Lee Valley and they sent me a scanned copy of a catalogue page, only document they could find.

I’m going to send it to the seller just so he know what he’s trying to sell.

Have a great day

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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