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Old Iron

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I have had this for over 20 years and only used it a few times, I ran across it the other day and figured I needed to clean it up.

The only markings on it is T50 nothing else. I know it couldn't have come from China but mite be from Japan.

It is well made with jibs and numbered dials. So anybody got a hint about who build this thing.

Paul

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Could be HF but not necessarily. Casting differs slightly but then again castings & hardware can change over the years too. Is it T50 or 150? I would figure 150 which probably means it's a 6" size so it's most likely an import.
 

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I figured it was a import just not from China, It is tight with know slop a little back lash but that can be fixed.

I'm going to fixed it up and use it on the drill press.

Paul
 

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Probaly not made in China, 20 years ago Harbor Freight tools would have been made in Taiwan or Japan.
 

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i got mine at a flea market,cheap.
after a lot of cleaning and lapping the dovetails smooth,it functions surprisingly acceptably.
i have used it about .003'' accuracy ,repeatably, unless you lean on the screw too hard, then all bets are off.
have fun with her!
mike:))
 

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They are great for making ring cutters for a wood lathe...
 

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I bought one of those a few years back. It was really poorly finished. So I took to it with scraper and accurate measuring tools, finishing it properly from the bottom up. A great tool in the end.
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I use mine on my wood lathe to make ring bowls.

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