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Posted on Help identifying a W&T Wood and Metal Lathe

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#1 posted 10-01-2020 08:07 PM

How does one identify whether or not it is a wood AND metal lathe?

Wood lathes have a tool rest (mounted on a ‘banjo’) that you freehand the chisels on as you turn. Metal lathes don’t, and instead use a cross-slide and fixed cutting bit arrangement that is moved mechanically.

Also, unfortunately, the buyer got back to me with their asking price after i had the opportunity to post this. They re starting price is $1,650….
- pbpally

The guy is nuts – are you sure that wasn’t for all of the tools shown? IIRC, W/T only made one lathe in the 50’s – a 12” wood lathe with either a variable speed or 4 speed stepped pulley arrangement. As mentioned, you can find nice 12” lathes for significantly less money and maybe even in better shape and with more accessories.


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