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A friend of mine who knows I'm into woodworking recently told me that his dad had an old lathe he was looking to get rid of. It belonged to his great-grandfather, and hadn't been used in years, so they let me have it for free!

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It is completely unmarked except for the motor's nameplate. The motor is an old General Electric, Model 20004, 1/4 HP. Based on my research this motor was most likely made in the 1920's! I cleaned everything up and replaced the electrical wiring, and everything runs perfectly!

The lathe has a 10" swing, and approximately 20" max between centers. It has an integral geared transmission with 3 speeds, selectable by moving a shaft in and out to mesh with different gears. Just really awesome.

I started a forum topic over on OWWM, but so far everyone is stumped. Has anyone here seen a lathe like this before?

I'm excited to buy a few modern accessories and get to turning!
 

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General Electric has been making all sorts of things, from locomotives to toasters. They probably made that lathe also. Great find. Just proves the saying "they don't make them like that anymore". That will easily last another 80+ years. Take care of that treasure. It looks to me like it was made for school shop use, but definitely industrial use.
 
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