The man who originally owned the lathe, died nearly 30 years ago. They had an auction nearly 10 years ago and it sold to a friend of mine. He kept it in an old barn until I bought it. The machine was coated with grease. I cleaned the ways with used dryer sheets and parts washer solvent. Some of the accessories in the drawers were a lot harder to clean up. I still haven't got the stand cleaned up. I have a friend who is a n experienced machinist came to look at it and told me that it is in excellent condition.