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HELP! WWII vintage lathe


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I have an offer to acquire an antique WWII gear head lathe that was originally owned by the military. It was made by Reed-Prentice Corp. is 16 inch and looks to be in fairly good shape.
Has anyone had any experience with this model lathe? I would like an opinion as to whether it would be worth the cost of having it moved to my home shop. I have 230 volt 3 phase power available. Would also like to get an operating manual. I'll need help in determining the function/purpose for all the knobs and levers. Any help will be great fully appreciated.
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Default Re: HELP! WWII vintage lathe

Should be a good heavy duty lathe.

Our club in Freeport IL has one of those that's drying out from the July flood we suffered from.

As for all of the knobs & levers, they should all be marked with big brass tags showing the RPM ranges and quick change feed gear selections. If your tags are missing, I can post pics from ours, but as I am running out of space to post more pictures, I'm holding off on posting any of those until I know if you need them or not.

Gear drive lathes in general are more heavy duty than belt drive ones, and I believe the Reed-Prentice Corp lathe is chain drive from the motor up to the head stock.
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Thank you for the info. The big brass tags for the spindle speeds and the thread cutting/feed rates are in good shape. Do you have access to operating manual?

Thanks Hal h.hallford@juno.com
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I can check and see if the club has one, but I highly doubt it.....

It could be a few weeks or more before I see anyone that would know.

Hopefully someone else can help you there in the mean time, or try an Internet search, Google or otherwise....
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Try practicalmachinist.com --------antique machiunery sub-forum
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They are nice machines, so I don't see how you could go wrong if it's in good shape.

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Thanks! I an looking forward to getting it set up in my home shop.

---------- Post added at 06:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:09 PM ----------

Thank you! I checked and they had the material I wanted
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