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Need help Identifyng a lathe

by PaPa_Jack
posted 12-09-2018 11:11 AM


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PaPa_Jack

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#1 posted 12-09-2018 11:28 AM

Forgot the picture.

-- Retired and never worked this hard.

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#2 posted 12-09-2018 12:49 PM

Looks like a Clarke. Are you in the UK?

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#3 posted 12-09-2018 12:54 PM



Looks like a Clarke. Are you in the UK?

- BlasterStumps


No, I am in Greenwood, SC. A friend gave me this. It belonged to a friend of his that passed away last year ad he is cleaning out the friends workshop for his family. I hauled a bunch of trash away for him and he gave me this in exchange for my time.

There is no identification labels on it anywhere that I can find. Could it be a metric spindle?

-- Retired and never worked this hard.

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#4 posted 12-09-2018 01:11 PM

Can’t really ID it because the picture doesn’t show the full thing. Is it a 20” or 40”? Might be a model 1000. If you find an owners manual online, might tell you what the headstock thread is.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#5 posted 12-09-2018 04:15 PM



Can t really ID it because the picture doesn t show the full thing. Is it a 20” or 40”? Might be a model 1000. If you find an owners manual online, might tell you what the headstock thread is.

- BlasterStumps


It is a 20 inch bed.

-- Retired and never worked this hard.

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#6 posted 12-09-2018 04:40 PM

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#7 posted 12-09-2018 05:27 PM

It looks like the old harbor freight lathe, i think the spindle was 3/4 10tpi.

-- mike, manteca,ca.

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#8 posted 12-09-2018 05:44 PM

I agree that it looks like the Central Machinery lathe from HF. I think I bought the adapter from NOVA. I also have an adapter to fit the chuck to my old Craftsman lathe.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#9 posted 12-10-2018 03:46 PM

If you get the lathe running and find you like to turn, dont invest $ into that lathe, get something better (chuck adaper yea, but not other stuff). Stuff usable with all lathes yes – cutting tools, sharpening, etc sure, but the lathe itself is not worth it – good for simple spindle turnings.

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#10 posted 12-10-2018 04:20 PM

From that one pic, I have to say it looks like an older Harbor Freight lathe. They don’t seem to carry that version any more.

I believe that you can still find that version/design lathe offered at Walmart’s website, here
https://www.walmart.com/ip/1-2HP-40-Inch-4-Speed-Power-Wood-Turning-Lathe-14x40-Wood-Work-Craft/894174575?athcpid=894174575&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVAV&athieid=v0&athstid=CS020&athguid=97ae3cf0-cd7-16798e86734f79&athena=true

You indicated it has a 20” bed. That is shorter than the ones I remember seeing. If you google or just search on youtube, you should find videos that have that lathe being used. (Many will be the heavier duty model with a rotating headstock and cast iron bed, which is still offed and is a good value priced machine.) But you can also find that one with the square-tube bed design.

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-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#11 posted 12-10-2018 05:23 PM


If you get the lathe running and find you like to turn, dont invest $ into that lathe, get something better (chuck adaper yea, but not other stuff). Stuff usable with all lathes yes – cutting tools, sharpening, etc sure, but the lathe itself is not worth it – good for simple spindle turnings.

- OSU55


That is my plan, but I think my youngest son is going to swipe it. He has really been having a ball with it even with it’s limited capabilities.

-- Retired and never worked this hard.

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#12 posted 12-10-2018 06:48 PM

For my use I bolted the lathe to a sturdy, built-in bench. I turned small bowls and plate blanks up to 10” diameter. The on/off switch gets disabled by sawdust, so install a flap of clear plastic to deflect particles.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#13 posted 12-10-2018 11:39 PM

My son sent to Fastenal and had them check the threads on the main spindle. IT turns out to be a M18-2.50 thread. Does that make any sense?

-- Retired and never worked this hard.

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#14 posted 12-10-2018 11:57 PM

Looks like a generic China made lathe, similar to those sold by Clarke, Harbor Freight, Cummins and others… I’m not sure about the others, but the Cummins MCS-1000 did have that size spindle (M18-2.5).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#15 posted 12-11-2018 04:20 AM

Looks like you need the IKNS insert.
https://www.teknatool.com/product/nova-chuck-insertsadaptors/

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

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#16 posted 12-11-2018 07:53 AM


Looks like you need the IKNS insert.
https://www.teknatool.com/product/nova-chuck-insertsadaptors/

- LeeMills

I finally found one last night online. Teknatool apparently doesn’t make them any more but I found one. It must be considered new old stock and they only have one in stock. My son ordered it right away but that means I don’t have a lathe any more. :)

-- Retired and never worked this hard.

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