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Old 01-05-2020, 01:58 PM
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Default My first metal lathe!

A relative (Greg) passed away recently and he had a metal lathe that they didn't know what to do with. They knew I was into metalworking and asked me if I wanted it. I hadn't touched a metal lathe in like 30 years since high school but have always wanted one so I gladly said yes without even seeing it.

They dropped it off yesterday and I thought I'd share some pics. I do have some questions though as even back in high school I didn't use one much. I do still have the one project I made back then, which was a center punch, but that's about my only experience with them, so please correct me if any of my nomenclature is wrong.

Greg made a nice heavy duty table for it, and it looks like he made the motor mount too. It looks like it's a 24" lathe, with a 4 jaw chuck, which I think is more desirable than a 3 jaw...? It has the tailstock but no live center or Jacobs chuck. They should be easy to find shouldn't they?
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Old 01-05-2020, 01:59 PM
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It looks like this lever on top is for engaging the back gears to get low speed, and if I loosen up this bolt I can separate the head from the pulley to actually use low speed, but shouldn't it just be a pin instead of a bolt? When I loosen it, the square "nut" inside, which fits into a square hole on the pulley, just kind of rattles around when the head is spinning. It's also a pain to get lined up and into that square hole again. Am I doing it wrong or something?
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Old 01-05-2020, 02:00 PM
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It looks like this lever is for engaging the automatic feed, but I'm missing some of the gears to make it work. I do have one loose gear you can see in the pic, but I can't find where it goes, and have no others. Am I able to get more of these gears to get the auto feed working again? Also the lever on the carriage doesn't seem to want to engage the threaded rod correctly. I haven't opened it up to see what's up, but it doesn't seem to be working right now.
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Old 01-05-2020, 02:00 PM
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Also the hand wheels for the carriage and cross slide are very tight. I've lubed them up but they're still hard to turn.

They gave me a toolbox tray full of random parts that they thought went with it, but I don't really know what they are for or if I'm missing some stuff. I'd love some help with that too, here's a pic.
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Old 01-05-2020, 02:01 PM
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What are some other things I might want for this besides a live center and Jacobs chuck?

I was thinking I could get a milling attachment for it, since I think I might use a mill more than a lathe anyways.
Should I get a 3 jaw chuck or not?
What about a compound rest?
Or is this thing just a piece of junk and I shouldn't put any more money into it?
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Old 01-05-2020, 02:05 PM
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your box of parts are hold downs for a mill Sorry to say
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Old 01-05-2020, 02:08 PM
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your box of parts are hold downs for a mill Sorry to say
Good to know... thanks. Although I didn't think he had a mill, so not sure why he had those.
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Old 01-05-2020, 02:14 PM
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Is there an ID plate with a name? Then you could likely find a manual.
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Is there an ID plate with a name? Then you could likely find a manual.
The only text I can find on it is on the back of the bed and it says:
Pat'd September 21 1880
Pat'd February 15 1887
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Old 01-05-2020, 03:35 PM
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Having a lathe is better than no lathe.
Nice starting size.
I like the ingenuity of the tool post lower screws for height adj.

If you have a choice for free then a 4 jaw chuck, but you need both 99% of the three jaw chucks are self-centering and what is used most.

1) Looks like you have a missing tooth? if so don't engage the back gear.
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