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#1 posted 05-16-2016 09:48 PM

This is a 19 year old lathe which doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it because some people have machines for years and do not use them very often. The age should be a negotiating factor. Turn on the lathe and go through the range of speeds. Listen and feel for any vibration or noise. If the lathe was used a lot it might have worn bearings. I would check the alignment between centers, over all condition (some people spray finishes on their pieces when still on the lathe); is it clean or does it need to be cleaned (another negotiating factor). You could check Craigslist and Ebay to see if anyone is selling the same model to get an idea for a price. Lastly, how bad do you want the lathe? and how motivated is the seller? My ball park price would be less than $2000 if all is in good condition. I would try and get him to throw in some accessories.

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