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Old 03-03-2019, 02:26 PM
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I "bought" this lathe last week. It's Hercus which is an Australian made clone/copy of a Southbend 9". It seems to be in pretty good shape. there's very little if any wear on the bed and it runs nice and smooth when you turn it on.

The guy is asking $600 for it which is a fair price for around here.

Kind of an interesting story with regard to the seller. He's in his 50s, has a 5 acre property not too far from me which is covered in treasures and junk--lots of stuff to look at. Anyway he has decided that he's leaving the country--within the next year and a half or so he will be moving to Belize. He already has a place down there and visits on a regular basis but he wants to make it permanent. His plan is to take only a handful of tools with him and do essentially nothing for the rest of his life. I asked him what he wanted to do to ward off boredom and he replied quite forcefully that he wanted to be bored--sit on the beach, drink beer and contemplate life.

Being able to really relax would be nice sometimes but I don't think I could ever sit and do absolutely nothing for an extended period of time.

He hardly ever uses the lathe but just in case something comes up he wants to hold on to it for a while longer. I gave him a $100 deposit and when he's finished with it I'll pick it up and pay him the balance.

Don't know what I'll do with it yet--possibly keep it as a second, small machine or my brother may take it. Worst case scenario is that I clean it up good and sell it--should easily fetch $1000-$1200 if I list it on Craigslist or Kijiji...
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:19 PM
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Sweet!...
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:46 PM
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Looks like a nice little lathe.


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Old 03-03-2019, 04:14 PM
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Nice. Sounds like you suffer like I do, can’t turn down a good tool when found. For some reason I’ve been collecting welders this last year. Think I bought 3.


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Old 03-03-2019, 06:41 PM
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Ought to clean up nicely. Nice score!!!!!
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Old 03-03-2019, 07:10 PM
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Nice score and good on you for letting him keep it around till he goes.

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Old 03-03-2019, 08:18 PM
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...Nice score and good on you for letting him keep it around till he goes...
Well, it was more a case of him not letting me take it away till he was done with it. In any case it doesn't matter; I'm in no hurry. I have a good lathe in the shop now; if I keep this one it will only be used on those odd occasions when I've got a bigger, longer term job set up in the main lathe. It will either get used or sold when the time comes. Good, small lathes are few and far between around here so selling it won't be a problem
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:52 AM
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Nice Machine, Kieth.
I was surprised to see this thread, knowing you have a nice lathe.
But a little one is always handy to have for smaller jobs.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:15 AM
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As you know having two lathes is almost as nice as having three lathes up and running along with a mill and a 5 ft shear in a 13 X 26 space
I have also got a newer Diesel miller big 40 apart in there awaiting some parts and still have room to move around.
It is -21C here this morning and the parts are not here yet so I am not going out there .
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Old 03-04-2019, 01:11 PM
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Nice Machine, Kieth.
I was surprised to see this thread, knowing you have a nice lathe.
But a little one is always handy to have for smaller jobs.
It was kind of an impulse purchase. It's in pretty nice shape and the guy is not advertising it so no one else is sniffing around. It also helps that he wasn't in a hurry to get paid. I suspect that in the end my brother will take it for his shop. He bought a little Atlas lathe a while ago but it's really a toy even when compared to this one.

As Terry says it's nice to have a second machine to use if your main machine is tied up. I've only had a couple of situations where I needed to do a small job when I already had something set up in the main lathe but it would be nice not to have to tear a set up job out of the lathe or tell the customer you can't do his job right away. Even if Glenn has this one I'd still be able to use it if necessary...
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