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Two metal lathes one is an Ideal the other unknown

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Jeffrey Spark01/04/2020 19:57:16
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The iIfHi new to this so bare withe me.I saved two lathes from the tip and have cleaned them up oiled them.The ideal runs and turns with a voltage control unit. It has lots of spare parts I’ve know idea what to do with.If anyone can help me I’d much appreciate .Photos to follow

Hopper01/04/2020 23:51:36
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Welcome to the forum. Plenty of us on here who mess about with ancient machine tools. Look forward to seeing the pics of your latest treasures.

Martin W02/04/2020 00:11:17
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You have only got to ask and there are plenty of members of this forum who will be only to willing to help you with any questions you might have. Remember we all started knowing precious little about things but by asking questions and talking to others is how most of us learnt. Also if you don't know the answer then there it is never a stupid question. As Hopper has said post some pictures of your kit and accessories with your questions and you will get answers.

Welcome aboard this crazy ship and good luck.


Ady102/04/2020 00:46:42
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Welcome to the nuthouse

Lots of piccies will get you plenty of advice

Paul Lousick02/04/2020 01:07:47
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"crazy ship" and "nut house" !!!!! Do you mean there are others ? I thought that I was the only one. smiley

Welcome Jeffery, we all had to learn somewhere and this is a good place to start. Lots of helpful members on this forrum. You now have to find a suitable project to work on. Something simple to start with until you gain a bit of experience. Good luck.


Perko702/04/2020 12:13:32
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Looking forward to the photos, I have an Ideal dating from 1929, don't know what year yours would be?

Tony at would be a good source of info on what accessories may have been made to suit later models. He'd probably also be interested in info about yours as they are not a common brand. You also might be able to identify the other lathe from the info on his website, but be prepared to trawl through hundreds of photos!! Geoff P.

Brian H02/04/2020 12:47:33
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Welcome Jeffrey, like other I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the Ideal. As mentioned above, is a good site and may even help you with identifying the other lathe.


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