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allessence 04-14-2011 06:42 AM

Lathe? Maybe...........
I spoke with my Dad a few weeks ago and he said he was talking with a guy who has a lathe and has to get rid of it since he lost storage. How much. FREEE!!!

I called the guy. "

Said he was the sole operator of this lathe till they gave him a new CNC one and since they didn't have room to store it they sold/gave it to him.

He said that before that replaced it with the CNC machine, that they replaced the motor with a brand new one and did a couple of other things as well.

Supposedly it comes with some tooling. 3jaw, 4 jaw, steady rest etc.

I asked how big of chuck and guy said either a 6 or 8". Model? Not sure. It's a biggen, is what I'm thinking.

What do I need to check? Can a long lathe be shortened?

I'm all ready way to tight on room and figured since I didn't see a lathein my future that I would build my welding table and clear out some of my other stuff. Small stuff.

digger doug 04-14-2011 07:09 AM

This post is nothing without pix...

Who said that ?

allessence 04-14-2011 07:37 AM


No pictures because I haven't looked at it or taken it home yet. Saturday afternoon is the time frame for the look see.

allessence 04-14-2011 07:38 AM

what should i check? Can a long lathe be shortened?

CEC 04-14-2011 07:47 AM

I'm not sure on the ability to shorten a lathe bed by cutting. (it is something I wouldn't try myself)

If it isn't usable for yourself. Get it anyway then make someone else a great deal.

precisionworks 04-14-2011 08:01 AM

A 6 or 8 inch chuck indicates it's a smaller machine, probably 13 inch or 14 inch swing. This size is often found in a home shop and is none too big for your shop.

digr 04-14-2011 08:10 AM

What I would look for is the fastest way to get it home!!!!!!!!!!!!

digger doug 04-14-2011 08:28 AM


Originally Posted by allessence (Post 417968)
what should i check? Can a long lathe be shortened?

Why do you want to "check" anything ?
Gonna use it to lower the price ?

It's free, the time spent harvesting it will be re-paid
even if it's scrap.

Shortened ? a hole in the wall of the shop with a good
rain prevention scheme (scrap of tin roof)

MarkBall2 04-14-2011 08:38 AM

If it's free, go get it & worry about the bed length later.

Mostly, you want as big a lathe as you can afford & this one is priced right.

Don't try to shorten the bed, use it the way it is. If it's too long for your "lathe area" you can always put the tailstock end up against the wall + 2-3". Or clear out a shelving unit & slide the back of the lathe up against an outside wall. That will allow vehicles to come into the shop.

I would guess it's a 12" to 14" swing & 36"-40" length bed (not counting headstock). If that's too large for your shop, set it outside & keep it covered until you can build a small lean to onto the shop to keep the weather off it.

Worst case scenerio, park the vehicles outside, keep the lathe & your tools in the garage. A free lathe is a special commodity & not something easily passed up.

Go here: and read about another "free" lathe.

allessence 04-14-2011 08:38 AM

I'm always cautious about anything and don't jump right in until I see what I'm in for.

I have never in my life gotten in over my head this way. At least up to this point. :D

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