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Buying A Used Lathe, What Should I Know?

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by blalp!, Oct 9, 2020.

  1. Oct 26, 2020
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    What do these clips actually accomplish?
     
  2. Oct 27, 2020
    Mcruff

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    They let the oil drain back in the well faster by breaking the surface tension of the oil.
     
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  3. Oct 27, 2020
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    o_O
     
  4. Oct 27, 2020
    Mcruff

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    That’s what South Bend in their old literature quoted.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2020
    PeteL

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    I've just been offered this lathe for free. Any ID welcome, or comments, please!

    I haven't seen it IRL yet. Smaller than the South Bend I have, but maybe that's not a bad thing. This seems to have more advanced features, such as the drum switch and gear changer.

    LATHE - Bob H..jpg
     
  6. Oct 29, 2020
    47v6

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    Be careful moving it.!

    I am successfully resisting buying a 1961 or so Monarch 10EE toolroom lathe for a reasonable price... Its an unpleasant feeling though.
     
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  7. Oct 29, 2020
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    A reasonable price for one of those has got to be in the five figure range :whistle:
     
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    47v6

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    I'm looking at one for 5500. Seems pretty reasonable... Might have significant issues.. I am resisting. Also a turret model for 2800..
     
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  9. Oct 29, 2020
    Mcruff

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    Looks kind of like an old Hamilton from say around 1910-1920’s era. Not sure, I have only seen a couple of them before.
     
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  10. Nov 1, 2020
    blalp!

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    Does the lathe have a new home? Even if you don’t use it, it just looks good.
     
  11. Nov 1, 2020
    PeteL

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    Looked at it this Saturday. It is much bigger than I thought from the photo - the motor is over 6 feet high. "Hendey" is the maker, maybe 1900 to 1920 or so. It seems to be in good condition physically and has some accessories with it.

    http://pounceatron.dreamhosters.com/docs/hendey/1920-Hendey-manual.pdf

    I'm probably going to pass on it, due to lack of space, but I would hate to see it scrapped. If you are interested PM me. (It is located 20 miles west of Concord NH.)
     
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  12. Nov 2, 2020
    blalp!

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    Wow, that’s a bit bigger than I would have expected. I wish I could say that I had room for it.

    It would be unfortunate if it were scrapped. I hope it finds its way to a loving home or museum. At the same time it reminds me of the Fred Eaglesmith song “John Deere B”.
     
  13. Nov 2, 2020
    blalp!

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    If it destined to be melted down, I can put the word out in my circle.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2020
    PeteL

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    That would be fine. I'm fighting the temptation to take it and use it as yard-art.

    Last night I was even fantasizing building a shed just for the lathe ...as if I don't have any other unfinished projects.
     
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  15. Nov 8, 2020
    Keys5a

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    I have what may be the same Hendey lathe (from the late '20s?) that I never fully assembled. It was free and disassembled to move more easily. Thats a big gearbox up on top. I've offered it to a couple folks, but it sits on a sidewall just behind my other Tux in storage. That lathe is not what I really wanted. I bought a mid-80s Clausing Metosa that does everything I need. I'd love to see my old Hendey go to someone that would use it. Its here at Hatteras where I am until tomorrow.
    -Donny
     
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  16. Nov 10, 2020
    blalp!

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    I finally had time to finish sanding and polishing the two bearing surfaces on the spindle. I used Mcruff’s method of wet sanding and polishing. I started with 800 in a few spots due to galling, and finished with 2000 before polishing. Overall, it should work so long as I get the bearing tension correct.
     
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  17. Dec 1, 2020
    blalp!

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    While I didn’t do a full restoration, I did clean up the machined surfaces and removed a few burrs before reassembling. The piece of aluminum in the chuck is the best work I have ever turned :lol:. While I still have plenty to learn, it was rewarding to make chips.:D Once all the scrap metal has been run through the lathe, I’m going to start cleaning up the Atlas/Craftsman lathe.
     
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