- Jan 26, 2021
Thanks for taking a minute to help a newbie. I’ve been doing some very minor fabrication in my home garage and have decided I’d really like a lathe. I had my eye on a good looking, possibly restored 618, but after doing more research decided I wanted to go ahead and get a lathe that I could grow with a bit. I’ve looked a little at the Asian lathes and may still end up there, but I just can’t get over the idea that heavy metal would make me happier in the long run. I’ve come across this SB 9A 644R for what I think is a very good price. Spoke to the owner this afternoon and he said it was originally used in a machine shop at a Greyhound station, then used for 25 years or so by it’s 2nd owner, and finally ended up with him where it largely sat under a tarp in the back of his (apparently very humid) automotive shop. He says it runs and the saddle and tail stock move well. He’s sending me pictures tomorrow of “a lot of stuff and tools” in the drawers. Lots of dirt and surface rust, and I have no idea what the liquid is all over it in the pictures. Possibly oil, possibly water, who knows. Overall, looks like it could be garbage or could be perfect hiding under a thin layer of surface rust. I’d love some expert eyes to let me know what you think and what I should look for when I go check it out. I’ve read the “Advice on buying a lathe” article, and of course watched too many Tubalcain videos (wife won’t let me watch anymore with her around). Please let me know what you think. Asking $450, so I’m pretty interested. Thanks for your time and help.