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jung4g

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On my drive home last night, I took a slight detour on a frontage road of the highway I travel daily. And low and behold I spot this big old lathe sitting out in a gravel parking lot. Naturally I pulled over and got out to take a closer look... Compared by 12x36, this thing was pretty big. I'd guess at least a 16x60? I can't find another pic of one like it...

Probably because it looks like it was an old line drive setup with an electric conversion put on the top powered by a 3HP 220v GE motor (that spun rather freely).

Anyone know anything about it? If nothing, I might snag the motor and barrel switch off of it. Everything else seemed seized up.
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Wow what a waste, if it's abandoned junk I'd get all the parts I could. Tailstock , handles, taper attachment . Shoot I'd take the legs too. Better to use them then scrap it in my eyes.
 

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There's a little information on this firm and some copies of ads from the early 20th Century at: Vintage Machinery
 

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It could be unseized and made into a fairly cheap and usable machine again, It vlooks a handsome old machine Once the rust is off it is amazing what you get under it Cast iron can be cleaned fairly easily
 

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The compound on the cross slide is not original to the lathe. Slightly oversized. I guess if it works why not.
 

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i would not junk it. it could be put back in use with a lot of tlc. but it would be worth it.
 

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Just to be clear, this isn't my lathe, nor do I intend to make it mine, I just thought it was interesting find for on the side of the road. And if on the off chance somebody near by needed a project, it's presence would be known.

I think restoring it would be a fun project, but I'm guessing it'll be 30-35 years before I can retire and have time for a project like that.
 
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