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What have I got here, Wood or metal lathe?


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Old 09-24-2009, 06:18:45 PM
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I bought this along with some related accys and I'm not sure what it is to tell the truth. Light duty like a wood lathe but has adjustable tailstock and compound and a hand crank feed screw. Anyone have a name for this critter while we are asking. Thanks for any insight! Randy Hart Ohio
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Default Re: What have I got here, Wood or metal lathe?

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I would say it's a wood lathe by the type of face plate it has and it looks like it's a single speed head.

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Default Re: What have I got here, Wood or metal lathe?

This is a hand feed metal lathe. The tool post is the old style rocker type with the Armstrong type tool holder supporting the actual cutting bit.

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Default Re: What have I got here, Wood or metal lathe?

I would say usableable for both but not much good for either. A very low end hobby product. There should be a support for hand held tools on a wood working lathe and its got a really low end coarse manual feed and tool holder for metal and other turning.

You knew that already and too anwer your question, I am not aware of a special name. There might be, I just dont know.
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Default Re: What have I got here, Wood or metal lathe?

Can't say what brand it, could be any one of twenty or more different brands like that.

It is an econimical metal lathe for people or shops on a lower budget that didn't need one with power feed , quick change gear box for threading, or a compound cross slide. Small garages or repair shops would use these to turn starter or generater armatures, and maybe true up a shaft after welding worn areas. Not something you'ld want to do a lot of turning on with the manual feed lead screw, but it did the job when needed and saved taking small parts accross town to other shops.

It is a two speed with the double flat belt drive, Not a single speed head like someone else said earlier, and I see it has an adjustable tail stock that can be "set over" for turning a tapered shaft or pin if needed. That 'chuck' or 'face plate' that is on it is for turning shafts between centers with a lathe dog clamped on the shaft with the 'dog leg' fit into the slot that's in it.

A metal lathe can be used to turn wood, but it would be a little more difficult to turn metal on a wood lathe.
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Default Re: What have I got here, Wood or metal lathe?

Thanks all ! I kinda thought about the dual duty option.. But Like has been said, it's not a good one at metal or wood.

There was enough other stuff to make it a worth while buy so I guess I'll grease it up and put it on the shelf until I need something like it to do whatever lol ( I have a lot of those )
Would make a good lathe for a mini line shaft display but I'm not even going there

The face plate dose thread off and there is a taper in the spindle..fyi Thanks again, Randy Hart Ohio
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Default Re: What have I got here, Wood or metal lathe?

I have seen copy lathes like this,you jig up a table leg behind the lathe while wittling away at the stock in the lathe...or not?
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Default Re: What have I got here, Wood or metal lathe?

IMHO the lathe looks like a simple pattern makers lathe. Something one would find in a foundry's pattern shop.
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