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Forum topic by Charlie123 posted 04-19-2014 04:54 AM 1073 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2014 04:54 AM

There is an old Atlas lathe on Craigslist for about 200$. I Does anyone know anything about the lathe or if its a good buy? If you do please post, it would be extremely helpful.

Heres the link: https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/tls/4424088818.html


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#1 posted 04-19-2014 04:56 AM

I think it would be a good lathe for you to get started on
and the price isn’t unreasonable for a cast iron lathe
of that level of robustness. If you’re looking to get
into turning it would be a good choice.

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#2 posted 04-19-2014 05:04 AM

Thank you for the quick response, i’ve got an old powerkraft from the 50’s and was looking for an upgrade. But there is also a deal by this place called wood works Here is also the link: http://www.wwsupply.net/webpromowithtables.htm do you think thats a better deal for a lathe?

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#3 posted 04-19-2014 05:21 AM

Its the Jet 12” X 20” Lathe, Model JWL-1220 for 395$. Its in excellent codition

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#4 posted 04-19-2014 06:09 PM

this one has been doing production turning since the late fourties

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#5 posted 04-19-2014 07:07 PM

I would go for the Atlas unless you need a mini-lathe for
a particular reason.

I have a mini-lathe right now. I’ve had bigger lathes in
the past and don’t really have room. The mini lathe
is really limited for furniture applications.

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 12:23 PM

hmm the vid never showed sorry

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 01:30 PM

If the Atlas has good tapers in the spindle and tailstock quill I’d say go for it.

If it has #1 MT, then it’s not as convenient as the #2 MT though..

I’d tend to go with a newer model, just because the tapers and and spindle threads are more likely to be standard, instead of oddball. The oddball threads and tapers tend to need adapters, which introduce error.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#8 posted 04-24-2014 09:37 PM

Okay thank you all for the in depth information and the quick responses, it really helps very appreciative

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