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Craigslist $100 lathe

by DDWW
posted 09-24-2018 06:05 PM


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hairy

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 07:12 PM

I would probably have done the same thing, and I don’t need another lathe.

I turned a lot of scraps from 2×4’s into file handles when I got my 1st lathe.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 07:17 PM

You will definitely spend more on accessories. Tough to find good turning tools for less than $100 each. Then you need a sharpening setup, another couple $100. A 4 jaw chuck will set you back >$200. And the list goes on.

I enjoy turning, but thought you might like to know what you’ve gotten yourself into. I inherited my setup from my grandfather, so the only upgrade I bought was a 4 jaw chuck. I also modified mine to variable speed using a free treadmill motor and controls. I think I spent $20 for a box for the controls.

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DDWW

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 07:29 PM

Thanks for ripping the bandaid off. : ) I”m looking down the black hole thinking i’m gonna have to make a lot of pepper grinders to pay for this addition to the shop.


You will definitely spend more on accessories. Tough to find good turning tools for less than $100 each. Then you need a sharpening setup, another couple $100. A 4 jaw chuck will set you back >$200. And the list goes on.

I enjoy turning, but thought you might like to know what you ve gotten yourself into. I inherited my setup from my grandfather, so the only upgrade I bought was a 4 jaw chuck. I also modified mine to variable speed using a free treadmill motor and controls. I think I spent $20 for a box for the controls.

- LittleShaver

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Wildwood

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 07:41 PM

This looks like your lathe minus the stand.

http://www.lathes.co.uk/tekny/

If you remove the spur drive center do have MT 2 lathe spindle or is it screwed on? You need to know what threads per inch of the lathe spindle before buying a 4 jaw scroll chuck. Cannot really see if can remove the spur center with an allen wrench. Is there a hole in the knurled piece can use to unscrew?

-- Bill

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DDWW

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 07:45 PM

Thats exactly what I thought seems to be the only thing on the net accept for some old for sale listings from South Africa.

This one says it has a # 3 MT and the one I got is a 2 MT which I think is more standard and the kind of change a manufacture might request in something they were re badging.

I was thinking of buying that manual, but there isn’t much to it so It may not be helpful.


This looks like your lathe minus the stand.

http://www.lathes.co.uk/tekny/

If you remove the spur drive center do have MT 2 lathe spindle or is it screwed on? You need to know what threads per inch of the lathe spindle before buying a 4 jaw scroll chuck. Cannot really see if can remove the spur center with an allen wrench.

- Wildwood

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LeeMills

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 07:48 PM

Looks like a good fine. Many of the Record lathes (UK) are the two bar type.
I see the collar on the spindle has a hole. Could this be to lock it? Never saw one like that before.
I would try a phillip head screwdriver and try rotating the spindle by hand to see if it locks it.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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JADobson

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 07:49 PM

If you are looking for turning tools that won’t break the bank I’ve had really good luck with these: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=56745&cat=1,330,56745 Good place to start and then you can upgrade as needs be.

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#8 posted 09-24-2018 08:20 PM

It looks to me that center should just screw off due to the nice knurl.

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DDWW

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#9 posted 09-24-2018 08:32 PM

This is all helpful, thanks for taking the time to comment.

I do need the turning tools.

I tried some drill rod in the hole, its only shallow and then hand turning isn’t budging it. I think it should turn off but. it hasn’t been of in a decade so it feels going to need more then hand power. Maybe a strap wrench on the knurl

The record lathe is a good idea, I think they made this lathe for a lot of companies in Europe, maybe I can find a manual. I figured out the live center by instructions on a Rinkon.

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DDWW

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#10 posted 10-01-2018 06:25 PM

Update on getting the Spur chuck out. It has a 2MT inside and and outside is a 1×8TPI thread. If that helps anyone who runs across one of these. The live center is also a 2MT standard.

Spindle was on there good held on with pitch looks like they turned a lot of Pine.
There is not spindle lock but there are 5/16 holes behind the chuck on the spindle. I put a piece of drill rod in that and wedged it against the machine. There are two holes. in the spur chuck I put a drill bit in one of those and tapped it w a rubber mallet. It didn’t take much to get it to move.

It probably came w Spaner Wrenches of some sort, but I’ll make something w the drill rod.

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Wildwood

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#11 posted 10-01-2018 09:03 PM

Sounds great glad you have the problem solved! Good luck with new lathe.

-- Bill

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