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New-to-me Rivett Model No. 4/504 precison bench lathe

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cazclocker

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Last June I bought a lathe on eBay - a nice-looking Rivett model 4 which had been rebuilt by Rivett in 1935. Apparently when Rivett was done with the rebuild they considered the lathe to be no longer a Model No. 4, but a Model No. 504 which was simply a model 4 with some minor changes. The ebay seller was in Canada and I'm in Arizona, so the seller contacted me privately and told me that his best friend vacations in Arizona every winter, and has volunteered to bring the lathe down with him. All I had to do would be to meet him at some pre-arranged meeting point and pick it up from him. But I would have to wait for November because that's his vacation schedule. Well I got it, the transaction went great, I couldn't be happier, it came with a boatload of accessories (including dozens of 4OS collets)...so here it is:
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It came with a collet closer, a stepped flat pulley from an authentic Rivett countershaft, a 4-jaw Burnerd chuck, a 3-jaw Cushman chuck, and a bunch of other stuff. Here ya go:
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Here's a set of four stepped wheel collets:
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And a milling attachment:
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There's considerably more, but I'll post later.
...Doug in Arizona

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Gorgeous machine, congrats!
 

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Gorgeous machine, congrats!
Thanks - I've got a long way to go before it's running, but I'm working on it.
...Doug in Arizona
 

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Here are some photos from a few days ago. I've mounted the Rivett-patented collet closer and placed an oil/chip pan underneath. The lathe is still unbolted to the bench, same thing with the headstock. I've ordered a motor (a bit overpowered, 1.5 hp, but oh well) and parts to build a countershaft. So far the only parts that have arrived are the pillow block bearings to carry the countershaft. So you can see I still have a ways to go. By the way I got the oil/chip pan from a local restaurant supply place. It's stainless steel and they let me have it for $35! :))

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Because of some family health concerns I haven't posted here for quite a while, nor have I made much progress. A couple of days ago I FINALLY bolted down the oil/chip pan to the benchtop, and also bolted the lathe down. Up to now, the lathe had simply been sitting, held in place by gravity! I am now building a countershaft. I roughly designed it on a scrap of paper and refining it as I go. I'm using parts from 80-20 Inc. to make the countershaft mounting bracket. Pictures coming!

PS....I really like the new software for our forum! It addressed my main issue with the old software - the photos took up too much real estate on everybody's posts. Now, they are small and stay small, until you click on them. Good job!
...Doug in Arizona
 
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