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A- have a Kubota BX2370 with front loader and a Kubota U35 excavator.
B- Already have a lathe that didn’t need too much to get going. I can use one of the Bridgeport mills in the machine shop area of work, though it would be nice to have one!
C- have guitar that needs more playing already!
D- I would get a thumb for the excavator. Best money for the use of this machine.
 

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The logical choice would be D. With that choice, I can pick either A, B, or C should I wish. More likely, since I already have two mills and two lathes, I would buy the surface grinder only and use the remainder of the money towards geting it back into shape or for something else. I already have a 4WD tractor with a front end loader and although the backhoe wold be useful at times, not often enough to warrant spending $2500.
 

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Sheldons are a step up from South Bend. Heavier and more rigid, more rare though not as many around
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This one probably won't stick around long enough for me to grab it then. Gotta fix the clutch in my truck before I go dragging any lathes around with the trailer.

I know the guys on this forum are concerned that I'll buy a piece of junk that isn't even worth repairing. But a $1000 lathe would need to be in some seriously bad shape for that to be the case. Barring a major casting crack, or something catastrophic like that, you could always just clean it up real pretty and re-sell it to get the grand back it is wasn't looking good enough for a total rebuild.

Not only that but if you take it straight to the metal scrap yard you'd probably get close to $500 for it. Defnitely that much or more if you take it apart and scrap the metal in small pieces. You get almost twice a much per pound for smaller pieces than if you took in the whole lathe as one piece.

And just think of how everyone would be screaming if I took one to the metal scrap yard. You'd be far better parting it out. In fact, I'm willing to bet that you could probably make a business out of buying every lathe you can find for under a grand and just parting them out.

Especially something like a Sheldon if there aren't that many around. This one is probably worth $3000 in parts alone.

I just don't see how you can lose buying a full-size lathe for under a grand. It'd be really hard to lose money on it.

I'll bet this one is gone before the end of this week. I can't grab it that quick. So boo hoo on that. :frown:

You watch. After I get my clutch fixed they won't have anymore cheap lathes.
 

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since I already have two mills and two lathes
See. I'm not the only greedy person around. I don't have any and you have two of each. That's not fair.

I do have a lathe/mill combo though. :grin:

But it's almost a toy. I say 'almost' because it's actually not that bad. It's pretty darn powerful and has quite a bit of capacity actually (i.e. 17" swing) But still, it has limitations. No quick-change gear box so every time I want to change feed speeds I need to change gears manually, and I'm actually planning on doing some serious threading here too. So I'm hungry for a quick-change gearbox.
 

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I'd take "D". Now that I know enough about lathes and mills to hopefully not get taken....too badly :guilty: ... I would try to find a nice used lathe and mill. I've already got my professional drum kits anyway. :big grin:
 

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Since I already have the three machine tools and I'm not musical, I would go with A the backhoe.
 
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