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picked up a Dalton lathe yesterday .says type B on gear cover tag.serial number lot 4. 228..been sitting in barn 15-20 years.has surface rust.face plate with a 3 jaw chuck.few change gears.guy wanted too much for legs but we're working out a deal.will post pictures after unloading.thanks Phil
 

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Hey, another member for the Dalton Gang! Yes, post pictures!

You might wish to check out the Dalton Lathe archives of the "Dalton Gang" on Yahoo groups, moderated by Dennis Turk. Or check in and say hello. Dennis is maybe the worlds foremost authority on Dalton lathes. He has restored and owns around a dozen or so machines. Also has done extensive research on all the iterations of the lathe.

Search for 'Lot 4' to see past info about this model lathe. Dennis may be able to tell you it's early history, based on the lot # and serial number - at least date manufacture, if not who and where shipped when new.

He also often has a lead on parts and is very responsive to questions regarding restoration and repair.

Daltons are fine old machines. Surprising stiff and still making a lot of chips. I use mine on a regular basis to make stuff. Love it.

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Thanks for info Glenn.Will post pictures soon.gonna use a 9" south bend counter shaft Assy .thanks Phil
 

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To sell a Dalton and then not include the legs , that's just plain wrong .
 
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Ain't that the truth.he was going to sell them to someone to make a table with..hopefully I've talked him out of that..unloaded lathe today..heavy little bugger.
 

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Thanks for info Glenn.Will post pictures soon.gonna use a 9" south bend counter shaft Assy .thanks Phil
Phil, that's what I did with my Dalton. Had to make an anchor post to secure the lathe end of the tensioning lever. SB drilled and tapped a hole on the backside of their lathes, to anchor the tensioning arm. DAltons have no such attachment point on the backside of the bed. So I just welded up a vertical post to a piece of flat bar - slotted and drilled the top of the post to pin the lever, then bolted the flat base to my table, right behind the headstock. Works great. I think I posted a photo on my rebuild thread.

They are heavy - stout and rigid!

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image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Took couple pictures of the lathe today.has gray and black paint.don't know which is factory.one foot is broke but I have the pieces.the apron has been repaired at some point.looks like a good job.what is the machined area on back of bed used for.not seen that before.the forward-reverse lever has anot so good repair.over all it has good bones(to me)..
 
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image.jpeg Forgot gear cover
 

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Historic find I think , those pics. are interesting (the stuff in the back ground ) . Lordbeezer man I hope you got the legs ! Many beers ago I repaired some cast iron on a old turret lathe , I didn't really know what I was doing , but a old timer told me how to do it so I guess I did haha . Just pre heat and arc weld with iron rod , easypeasy . Check out this awesome resto , I'm stoked .
http://www.lathes.co.uk/dalton/page3.html
 
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Yes sir..that lathe is some kinda pretty..gonna get the legs after I convince the po that they should stay with lathe instead of a kitchen table..and he comes down on price..Thanks
 
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I had to get close to take pictures to keep all my crap,I mean used parts outta pictures
 

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Wow, great barn find. Looks like it will clean up real well.

An old timer at Smokey Point, Washington does cast iron repair for a living. His company name is "Cast Iron Repair". People send him broken cast iron parts to repair from all over the US. He could fix your broken foot. You won't be able to tell it was ever broken afterwards. Cast iron isn't trivial to work with. He and his boy are the last guys west of the Mississippi who do this kind of work full time now.

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Any idea what machined slot is for on back side of bed..I've been doing my cast iron repairs for several (many) years now..sometimes stick.sometimes brazing.I'm sure your guys are much better but I get by. Thanks Phil
 
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Glenn..was looking at pictures of your Dalton..your gear cover bracket bolts into the slot on back of lathe..is slot full length of bed..seems like a lot of machining to just use couple of inches..thanks
 

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Phil, good question. I don't remember! Actually tonight I pulled the bracket off and removed the gear cover to re adjust the leadscrew - which had come loose and moved a bit. Only looked at the end of the slot, under the headstock. Never paid any attention to the rest of the ways. I'll look along the back of the ways tomorrow to be sure, but I vaguely remember the slot only going part way. A full length slot would be ideal for adding other attachments. Anchor point for one end of a tensioning bar for the countershaft for one. I'll check my lathe in the morning and update this post.

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Phil, my lathe has the slot in the casting the full length of the bed. Must be to secure other attachments, fixtures, etc.

Also I bet any tensioning arm could bolt into the slot with some sort of slide and arm arrangement.


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Kool..thanks for info.I'm sure I'll stick something back there.just because I can..haha..thanks for your time
 
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