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New to woodturning, need help identifying lathe

by Bear2233
posted 08-12-2016 03:18 AM

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#1 posted 08-12-2016 01:23 PM

You might ask about identifying the lathe on You can check for inexpensive chisels (and lots of other turning supplies) as an alternative to Harbor Freight. In any case, make sure you have a good way to sharpen whatever tools you buy.


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#2 posted 08-12-2016 01:53 PM

I can’t help with ID, but I have a pulley for it. Removing the old one is a piece of cake. Once you find a manual, it’ll be clear how to do it. I would post a “how to”, but I’m sure I would confuse myself, so get the manual…....... ... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 08-12-2016 02:41 PM

I have a lathe that looks very similar to yours. Power Kraft sold by the late Montgomery Ward. Vintage late 40’s to mid 50’s. Mine was already converted with a variable speed DC electric motor when it was given to me by a fellow woodturner maybe five years ago. Probably put 300,000 miles on it since then. Purchased a Nova chuck to turn maximum 10 inch bowls. I’m happy with it.

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#4 posted 08-12-2016 03:36 PM

I think Dave is correct. Check out this link at vintage machinery:

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#5 posted 08-12-2016 04:38 PM

MW Catalog says the 11×37 has a 3/4×16 inboard spindle, unthreaded outboard. The 14×38 lathe had 1-1/8×7 spindle inboard and outboard. Spindle in the pictures is definitely not 3/4-16. I checked the ‘43 and ‘52 catalogs, same specs.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 08-12-2016 05:20 PM

It looks amazing similar to the Duro lathe produced in the late 40’s, early 50’s. MW just re-badged other manufacturers products, and Duro was just one of many manufacturers who sold under that label. Besides the same general appearance, the bed construction and the three screw headstock bearing retainer also seem to match. Here is a snippet from the 1949 Duro products catalog showing the lathe and specs:

The mangled sticker most likely had “New Departure Ball Bearings” or something close to that. Here is one such decal on another Duro lathe:

Here is one such Duro lathe over at the VM site for comparison:


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#7 posted 08-14-2016 12:07 AM

Thanks everyone, I think you are right. It looks almost identical to that pictured by MrUnix except some one replaced the hand tighteners for the tail stock & tools rest with bolts. Sorry for the delay in responding. Computer glitch & some “have to do’s”.

-- Bear 2233, Idaho

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