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Old 03-09-2008, 10:21 PM
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Default 54" Atlas Lathe Bed

About 5-6 years ago I got a great deal on a 12" x 42" Atlas lathe, a 1967 model, with very little use, and extremely well maintained, I bought it from the original owner. The Atlas is a good lathe, not a great one, if you stay within its limitations, a very usable unit. The only problem I had was it was only 23" between centers, I was noticing all of the Atlas parts on Ebay, and decided to install a longer bed, Atlas also made the Craftsman model lathes, very similar to the Atlas, but some important differences, the ways on the Atlas are 1/2" thick and on the Craftsman, they are only 3/8" thick, the carriage is different and the tail stock can be different. To avoid get the wrong bed, I called Atlas (Clausing), and asked if the would give the casting numbers for the longer bed, they said sure and after a 5 minute hold, they gave the correct casting number for the extended bed, and explained where to find it and what to look for on a used bed. They then switched me over to another parts person, who asked why I was going through all of this for, when I explained the reason, she said why not just buy a new one, they had them in stock. I ended up buying the 54" kit, the longer bed and the matching lead screw, and they shipped to the house, in less than 3 days, when it arrived there was a tag wired to one of the casting webs, cast - 6/67, machined - 6/67, final inspection - 7/67, reinspected - 9/07. With the job problems, actual work and the holidays, I finally finished the change over this week. I'm still shocked that they still had a 40 year old casting in stock, and in perfect condition.

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Old 03-09-2008, 11:54 PM
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Nice score Jack, even if you did have to pay for it. Is Clausing still selling new lathes in this size range or are they strickly in the replacement part business, like Logan?

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Old 03-10-2008, 01:53 AM
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I'm still shocked that they still had a 40 year old casting in stock, and in perfect condition.

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Wow, me too. I've got a little 7 x 20 Atlas tucked away that I bought 4 years ago just because it was offered to me. I have never even gotten around to cleaning it up but it has a chunk knocked out of the bed right under the chuck. I wonder if they have that replacement filed away too?
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Platy you should post their contact information.
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So thats what an atlas looks like all put together I have not seen mine that way for quite some time.


here is the clausing info page
http://www.clausing-industrial.com/service-std.htm
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:10 PM
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Platy you should post their contact information.
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I wish I had it better info, they just switch me over, from the standard Clausing Parts line, from what I understand, the Atlas parts they have in stock is somewhat random, and can be expensive. If the part is no longer made, they have been known to give the drawing of the part, so it can be made. Below is the link to the part dept.


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