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cootcraig

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04-01-2015 07:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vintage lathe

I’ve noticed older lathes for sale in various states of condition. Here is an image of one.

Listed as: AllTrade 12” Swing Wood Lathe

Would a vintage lathe be a nice work horse in my little shop?

It seems to me that a machine tool like this is simple enough to be a realistic refurbish
project if needed. I’m also making note of clean lathes for sale that look usable.

I am in the process of refurbishing a Craftsman contractor saw, and just picked up
a Delta Jointer Model No. 37-205 – 6” Jointer that will be a future project. I expect both
to be heavily used in my shop. A lathe is also on my radar.


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#1 posted 04-01-2015 07:12 PM

If the price is right it would be usable… but lathes with the tube bed are not known for being very robust and you can encounter a lot of flex/deflection on heavier turnings. Depends on what you would want to do with it and how much they are asking.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 08:26 PM

If looking for something to fix up and sell that Sears model you are looking at not be worth your effort. You might need to buy another lathe to make the first one run! Same if want to learn to turn!

This style lathe would be a better buy, and can find them anywhere some ready to go and some needing some TLC.

http://outerbanks.craigslist.org/tls/4958280539.html

-- Bill

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 04-01-2015 09:08 PM

As I said before. ” I am bias when it comes to old tools” this will get you started, you can do basic spindle turning, maybe find a faceplate and do some bowls. If you are doing bowls the single tube won’t affect your work cause its all attached to faceplate. Good quality chisels are more important than quality lathe when starting.
The price will decide .
Motor has value.
Step pulleys have value.
I would spend $100. on this one.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 04-01-2015 09:53 PM

I would spend $100. on this one.

Not me, I would pass on that one and look for one w/ cast iron ways.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 04-01-2015 10:10 PM

I would spend $100. on this one.

Not me, I would pass on that one and look for one w/ cast iron ways.

Me either… no stand, tube bed, probably doesn’t have any tooling or attachments, and looks like it would need a lot of love to get back in shape. I love old tools, but that isn’t really a high quality tool and AllTrade isn’t really a top tier company (I had one of their ‘Kawasaki’ rotary tools that lasted me about 1 month of very light use before it froze up and died – at least all of the bits fit my dremel so it wasn’t a total loss).

How much are they asking for it?

Cheers,
Brad

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

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cootcraig

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#6 posted 04-01-2015 10:54 PM



How much are they asking for it?

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Asking $75 for this one. For now I want to learn what to look for in
vintage tools. From the responses so far, I will pass on this and
learn more.

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cootcraig

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#7 posted 04-01-2015 10:56 PM



This style lathe would be a better buy, and can find them anywhere some ready to go and some needing some TLC.

http://outerbanks.craigslist.org/tls/4958280539.html

- Wildwood

Thanks for that link. I’ll remember what this looks like.

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 04-01-2015 11:13 PM

Yeah, $75 is a bit steep unless they are throwing in a lot of other goodies not shown in the picture. I got a very similar Delta lathe to the one Bill linked to for $50 and all it needed was a good cleaning, some oil in the headstock and $15 worth of paint (and included all sorts of other stuff, some not even for the lathe!). They are out there… you just need to be patient and keep looking.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#9 posted 04-01-2015 11:33 PM



If looking for something to fix up and sell that Sears model you are looking at not be worth your effort. You might need to buy another lathe to make the first one run! Same if want to learn to turn!

This style lathe would be a better buy, and can find them anywhere some ready to go and some needing some TLC.

http://outerbanks.craigslist.org/tls/4958280539.html

- Wildwood


That’s the same exact lathe I have, except for the tailstock. Mine didn’t have the pulley cover either. It’s a good lathe, and the price looks good considering the tools that come with it….. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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bigblockyeti

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 12:15 AM

I bought a Craftsman (the same as the AllTrade you have pictured) for $100 in good shape mounted to a table and a never used set of turning tools. Also included was several tools and a copy crafter. I since changed the motor to a variable speed DC motor allowing me to run at much lower speeds. Just to put it to the test, I turned a 36” maple log about 8” diameter rough into a smooth 6” dowel. It was definitely at its limit, but would have been too fast with the stock drive arrangement.

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#11 posted 04-02-2015 05:04 AM

I would never pay over $20-25 for a tube lathe. Then I’d cut the tube off and make a multi-speed disc grinder.

Many of the older cast iron lathes are worth owning for the right price. Stick to brands you’ve heard of and beware any that don’t have tapers and threads on the headstock.

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

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Wildwood

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#12 posted 04-02-2015 01:53 PM

If you had said neighbor has this complete lathe for sale for $25 all it needs is cleaning and I am in business responses might be different! You can find ads for that lathe sold by Sears & others, asking a little or a lot everyday!

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/tls/4940183858.html

How about this lathe comes with two sets of swap meet turning tool too!

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/tls/4936010597.html

This complete lathe would be great great project and keeper if not for the price, serious horse trading required!

http://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/tls/4946567793.html

Buying old wood lathes and repairing them for your own use or resale more art than science. There are too many Asian made lathes should not even consider unless can be had for no more than $75 to $100.

Took me awhile to find this Sears lathe you could not get parts for when new except from Palmgren. Once PG stopped selling that lathe parts hard to find and cost of machining part at a machine shop prohibitive!

There were two versions of this lathe sold by Sears, this is Plamgren ver. Actuall not a bad asking price have seen ads asking over $700 for this lathe! Have to understand merely just throw it away when it quits!

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/tls/4906101738.html

There is always some value in buying used woodworking tools for a savvy buyer. That value might only result in a sense of accomplishment and not much money. That is where the art of knowing what to buy and avoid begins! Buying old iron all about buying a complete machine, parts may no longer available or very expensive when you find them. Not that old Asian made, have no value because vender never had a supply of spare parts.

There are several sites online can help you gain knowledge on old iron made in North America, but Asian made kind of a crap shoot!

http://vintagemachinery.org/

Wood lathes pictures

http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/bytype.aspx

-- Bill

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rwe2156

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#13 posted 04-02-2015 03:26 PM

OK, I’ll say it because no one else will…...Its basically a piece of junk.

If they’ll give it to you, maybe make a sanding disk out of it?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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cootcraig

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#14 posted 04-02-2015 05:45 PM



OK, I ll say it because no one else will…...Its basically a piece of junk.

If they ll give it to you, maybe make a sanding disk out of it?

- Robert Engel

I appreciate being direct. I had read that between the lines.

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