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Stefflus

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10-28-2014 02:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unknown lathe question

Found this in an ad, but seller doesn’t know much about it, and neither do I.
Looks sturdy, tho. There are some other Luna tools in the shop, so I’m thinking maybe a Luna?
Do you have any thoughts on it as to strength and accuracy, and roughly the original price segment?

-- -Steffen, from Norway


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 10-28-2014 09:11 PM

This page has just about every lathe manufactured in Europe & around the world but no Luna lathes.
http://www.lathes.co.uk/page21.html

Went to above site after visiting this sight and they mention popular in the UK.
http://www.woodworkforums.com/showthread.php?t=13421

Might find the answer at the first site but here to tell you pretty tough task. Luna made both wood & metal lathes befor going out of business. New company is an importer of metal lathes.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 10-28-2014 10:16 PM

Lathes are among the simplest wood machines. Most things that commonly go wrong, bearings, pulleys, belts, motor, are off the shelf or close enough to an off the shelf part. If the arbor runs true, the threads and tapers are all standard, I wouldn’t be afraid of it. The worrisome part would be whatever mechanism it uses to change speeds. An electronic speed control could be difficult to replace. If you can get it cheap, it’s a maybe.

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#3 posted 10-28-2014 10:46 PM

That is a little confusing it’s a wood lathe bed but a metal lathe chuck and drive.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 01:16 AM

Why do you say it’s a metal lathe drive?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 01:30 AM

Looks home made. Nothing there that couldn’t be done with some metal working ability and stock profiles.

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#6 posted 10-29-2014 03:15 AM

Thanks guys!
Yes, it sort of looks home made, doesn’t it? Never occured to me that it might actually be, tho.
And the jaws, I just thought “oh the old kind with the hex screws and jaws that break fingers”.
I’m assuming its a belt pulley, so I kept my estimate down to leave some cash over for installing a frequency drive.
I think I’ll keep looking around instead.

-- -Steffen, from Norway

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#7 posted 10-29-2014 12:08 PM

Bottom line if a seller feigns ignorance on what they are selling only you can judge whether worth your time to go see, hear operate, and either buy or pass.

Normally can visually inspect and find some information somewhere on that lathe or chuck to indicate maker (s). I would open access doors for motor and possible reeves drive not shown in picture.

I suspect that lathes purpose in life was woodturning. From picture and information provided have no idea if lathe was a metal working lathe in another life, or metal lathe headstock married to woodturning bed.

Even here in USA will find old turners with old wood lathes that bought 3 & 4 jaw mental lathe chucks to use on their wood lathes. At one time many lathe manufacturers here offered optional metal spining tool kits with their wood lathes.

-- Bill

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