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Forum topic by Joseph Jossem posted 07-15-2014 12:51 AM 784 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joseph Jossem

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07-15-2014 12:51 AM

Im looking at a craftsmen lathe any good? A Used one on cl I never knew they made lathes and im wary of the brand.Does anybody have one?


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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 01:35 PM

I have a craftsman tube style lathe and it’s an okay starter lathe with limited available upgrades, also it’s not very heavy. A decent used one shouldn’t cost too much, I think I paid $100 for mine with a duplicator, set of never used tools and about every accessory craftsman sold for it at the time. If you’re wanting to get into bowl turning, you’ll definitely want something with a bigger spindle, more mass and a larger swing. For spindle work and the like, it works ok.

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 04:05 PM

If you can find the stock number on the lathe, the following list will tell you who made, since Sears didn’t make anything. http://professional-power-tool-guide.com/manufacturers/craftsman-power-tool-company/sears-and-craftsman-source-product-code/

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Joseph Jossem

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 05:37 PM

Ok thanks its a big model ill try look it up.

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 05:44 PM

Oh, they made some decent ones… good enough for turning
furniture parts anyway. The older ones are not that different
from the smaller Deltas.

I’m not aware of Sears selling a heavy duty lathe like the ones
with the column stands weighing 600lbs or more.

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 06:15 PM

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Wildwood

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 07:28 PM

If this is the lathe you are looking at would pass. Two different companies supplied this style lathe to Sears mid 1990’s early 2000. Not sure of 1st company anymore but could not get parts for that lathe. Palmgren second company also sold same version Sears did but different color. For awhile could get parts from Palmgren until they dropped it from their tool line-up.

http://honolulu.craigslist.org/big/tls/4542247815.html

The homemade welded stand more valuable than the lathe. Price of that lathe new between $399 to maybe $450.

-- Bill

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Joseph Jossem

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#7 posted 07-16-2014 05:13 AM

wildwood no but its similar with original base.mr unix sorry i cant transfer pictures dont know how. thanks loren its looks solid .wildwood head where motors at is bigger and more plastic

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#8 posted 07-16-2014 05:39 AM

Ouch on the price, but you’re on the islands so that’s what
it is.

Dunno if you want to get into paying that for a lathe with
a reeves drive. It’s a thing with these adjustable pulleys,
which is fine but they get a lot of strain and tend to
break on Delta lathes which have them.

Lathe like that one on big island would be worth $300
max in Los Angeles, with the stand.

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#9 posted 07-16-2014 05:42 AM

Loren thats not the one im looking at its bigger with original stand.I can get it for about 100 or less barely used and they have pulleys issues i hear also

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#10 posted 07-16-2014 05:47 AM

mrunix i feel like a champion i figured it out wildwood yeah thats most people here 1000 for a tool half the price major problem with peoples mentality here especially big isle.

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Loren

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#11 posted 07-16-2014 06:14 AM

Buy it. You can retrofit a 3 phase motor with a VFD
if it breaks. You’re clever.

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#12 posted 07-16-2014 06:22 AM

I have a extra 5hp 3 phase motor that would work.

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