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Rainbows16/02/2019 16:04:24
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Afternoon all

After being suitably scared off from importing an Asian lathe I snooped about the internet a little bit for a lathe. It turned out to be facebook that provided in the end. It's very much a restoration project.

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Can anyone recognise the make?

JasonB16/02/2019 16:14:42
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Suddenly that Chinese import does not seem such a bad ideawink

Keep looking as there may be a mill in there two if the vice is anything to go by

Chris Trice16/02/2019 16:17:40
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If that had any value, it wouldn't be thrown outside. Don't even think about it. The cost of restoring that meaningfully would buy you a decent secondhand UK made machine. I'd be looking for a Boxford if funds are tight.

old Al16/02/2019 17:24:40
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That might have been worth (almost) looking at 20-30 years ago, but their are a lot of good second hand ones now because more people are leaving the hobby than starting. I.e they keep dieing.

Only last week, i picked up a really nice 3 1/2"model and offer of a really good myford 10.(not every bodies cup of tea, but nice and compact) i took the model but not the lathe.

Restoring a lathe thats been outside can be done successfully, but its hard work. All the time you are fixing the lathe you are not building models. Everybody's different in the way in which they approach their problems. Thats not mine.

best of luck

not done it yet16/02/2019 17:58:42
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Too late to advise against buying? Reads like it is his already. It is likely very cheap, but doesn’t look too cheerful at the moment.

Rainbows16/02/2019 18:09:45
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Very cheap, cheerfulness still under debate. Looking at the current going rate of Boxfords on ebay the exchange rate is about 4-6 of these per Boxford. I could take the legs and sell them for a profit.

I did actually inquire about a mill but apparently the vice is to be kept.

Thankfully for me I'm a masochist and enjoy restoring machinery at deaths door (I don't think I showed the solid block of rust that was a ML10 I restored)

Bazyle16/02/2019 18:11:23
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Posted by JasonB on 16/02/2019 16:14:42:

Keep looking as there may be a mill in there two if the vice is anything to go by

and an hot air balloon to go with the wicker basket?

De-rusting machines can be a rewarding hobby in itself.

JasonB16/02/2019 18:23:57
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Posted by Bazyle on 16/02/2019 18:11:23:

and an hot air balloon to go with the wicker basket?

Probably used the lathe as a ground anchorsmiley

Robert Butler16/02/2019 18:30:50
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Weigh it in Robert Butler

jimmy b16/02/2019 18:56:02
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Good luck.

Jim

Brian H16/02/2019 19:36:02
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But we still don't know what make it is.

Brian

Carl Wilson 416/02/2019 19:48:30
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It's utter shite is what it is.

Hollowpoint16/02/2019 20:06:53
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It looks in real bad shape but I've seen worse restored. We can fix anything us engineer types cant we?

It looks sorta 1930-1940 ish to me. I've seen something similar and IIRC it was American. Can't remember the name though. sad

Neil Wyatt16/02/2019 20:09:53
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Posted by old Al on 16/02/2019 17:24:40:

That might have been worth (almost) looking at 20-30 years ago, but their are a lot of good second hand ones now because more people are leaving the hobby than starting. I.e they keep dieing.

That's cheerful, Al!

Rumours of the death of model engineering have been around for fifty years or more, but over half of forum users are under 50!

Neil

Phil Whitley16/02/2019 20:40:53
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Come now chaps, you are seeing this machine at its very worst, It seems to be complete-ish, depends on what is at the headstock screwcutting end, which we cant see. Rust on cast iron has to be there for a long time before it does any damage, and this looks like rust where the sheet has been resting on the metal. If the price is right, it could be up and running in less than a week! You cut your cloth according to your pocket. I have two very good lathes, a Colchester student, and a Covmac, but when I bought them, they looked very rough, but even together, I paid less for them than some pay for a myford accesory!

SillyOldDuffer16/02/2019 20:52:03
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 16/02/2019 20:09:53:
Posted by old Al on 16/02/2019 17:24:40:

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... over half of forum users are under 50!

Neil

What is this, a b....y Youth Club?

Boys under 50 should be in short trousers. Young people today, don't get me started, useless the whole lot of them. What they need is strict discipline and a dose of the birch...

Nicholas Wheeler 116/02/2019 21:06:27
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Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 16/02/2019 20:52:03:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 16/02/2019 20:09:53:
Posted by old Al on 16/02/2019 17:24:40:

...

... over half of forum users are under 50!

Neil

What is this, a b....y Youth Club?

Boys under 50 should be in short trousers. Young people today, don't get me started, useless the whole lot of them. What they need is strict discipline and a dose of the birch...

Yes grampy, whatever you say. Now just slouch in your armchair and we'll bring you a nice cup of tea and a biccy to suck on.

You don't want to see me in shorts either.....

Rainbows16/02/2019 21:13:03
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I'm going to restore this lathe so hard it makes a Hardinge HLV look like an Adept (not even a super one!) just to spite those who say its a pile of scrap (even though it may well be)

Mick Henshall16/02/2019 21:28:32
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Go for it Rainbow, I would, nothing too bad it can't be fixed and think of the pleasure you'll get when she does her first job, gotta rescue these old girls,keep us posted

Mick 🇬🇧

Phil Whitley16/02/2019 21:53:07
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when you get it, take some better pics and send here, and to tony@lathes.co.uk, if anyone recognises it, he will!

 

Edited By Phil Whitley on 16/02/2019 21:54:22

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