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Forum topic by JAAune posted 03-25-2015 04:33 AM 7183 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2015 04:33 AM

I’ve been put in charge of selling some of the tools of a woodturner. He’s moved his shop into a smaller space and needed to get rid of the big lathe and a few tools that aren’t needed anymore.

I’m still in the process of putting together all the information but figured I may as well get the basic info posted here. If stuff sells before I get done listing it all on Craigslist and/or eBay, that’ll save me a bit of work.

Location: Saint Anne, Illinois approximately 60 miles south of Chicago and 30 miles from the Indiana border.

Prices: Set at approximately 50% of the price of new equivalent tools. After posting here, I intend to get it posted at other forums, Craigslist and perhaps eBay. Offers are welcome but low-ballers will have to wait until I’ve exhausted all other selling options before I’ll consider them. I’m trying to get the wood turner a decent price for his stuff.

General 260 variable speed lathe.

This is an older machine with a Reeves variable speed drive. It has a riser block kit and the headstock bearings were replaced once. Due to finicky Reeves drive tuning and the riser block kit, it doesn’t reach the highest (10) or lowest(1) speed settings. A knowledgeable person may be able to adjust the belts and pulleys to get the full speed range back.

It is wired for 220 and I haven’t had the chance to check the motor to see if 110 is possible.

The green box slung under the machine is a sandbox to add extra weight for stability. It is removable.

It has a spindle lock

Indexing headstock

The Reeves drive pulley system can be seen in the picture below.

The accessories and manual shown in the picture below are part of the package. The tool rest is a small one as the wood turner kept the longer when he moved to the new shop.

I have a video of the machine being run through the speed settings which will be uploaded to YouTube in the near future.

It looks like the manual for the 260 can be found at

Asking price is $2,400. Assistance is available for loading and the machine can be viewed in person by appointment. Just PM me with requests. Offers welcome but I won’t close the sale on a low offer until after posting to other sites without success. Feel free to ask any questions.

Additional Items for Sale

Tool rest mount for General 260 pre-riser block

Make an offer. This one may end up on eBay soon.

Veritas Angle Tool

$10 plus shipping or best offer.


I believe it will easily span 12” but will need to go back and check. $10 plus shipping or best offer.

Three point steady (SOLD!)

Need to check on the diameter capacity. No brand visible when I checked. $30 plus shipping or best offer.

Gooseneck, insert turning chisel (SOLD!)

Takes inserts. Probably 1/4” x 1/4” but will need to double check. Didn’t see a brand name and will check again on that later. $40 plus shipping or best offer. Price goes up if I check and find out it’s a Robert Sorby.

Arm Brace Hollowing Tool

Couldn’t find a brand name but it looks just like pictures of a Dennis Stewart Omni Pistol Grip Hollower. It has three interchangable shafts. A straight one, a gooseneck and a parting tool. I know tools like this have good resale value so I’m pricing higher than the 50% of new for now. $140 plus shipping or best offer.

Raffan chuck

These must predate me and I’ve never heard of anyone using one. Apparently they’re selling on eBay so I’ll say $80 plus shipping or best offer. I’ll probably end up sending this one to eBay. 1 1/4” – 8 threads which fit the lathe being sold above.

Nova Chuck

Looks like my midi chuck but it can’t be since it has 1 1/4” – 8 threads which fit on the General 260 lathe. Probably an older model that Tekna Tools doesn’t make anymore. The two steel bars which are used to lock the chuck aren’t there. They’re easy to replace but assume you’ll have to spend $5 to get a couple steel rods someplace. Jaw opening ranges from 1 5/8” – 3 1/4”. Price is $90 plus shipping or best offer.

Another Nova Chuck

Same as the above only the jaw opening range is 1 5/8” – 2 7/8”. Price is $80 or best offer.

Everything will be posted shortly to Craigslist and other forums. Feel free to make offers but if you really want the tools, don’t wait for somebody from Craigslist or the woodturning forum to get it first!

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 04:26 AM

All of the tools are posted. Offers will be recorded with the sale going to highest offer first. In case of ties, first responder gets the tool.

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 12:17 AM

I just contacted someone from the Chicago AAW chapter to look for interest amongst their members. Posting to Craigslist will soon follow.

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#3 posted 04-03-2015 04:51 PM

Everything posted at Craigslist now.

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 03:55 AM

Gooseneck turning tool and three-point steady have been sold.

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