Walker Turner Driver Line Lathe

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Forum topic by rsj3 posted 07-06-2018 09:35 PM 1915 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2018 09:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe wood walker turner antique question advice tool machine

Found this for sale very close to my location – wondering thoughts.

Motor looks off mount, but shouldnt be a problem? Is 600$ crazy?

Also, as a new turner, i can mount bowl blanks on the other side correct? just need a special chuck?


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#1 posted 07-06-2018 09:53 PM

Looks like an L540 or possibly a L752. Motor mounts off the back via a special bracket so make sure it’s there or you will need to figure out a way to fabricate something up… here is one in the wild with the optional multi-speed setup:

(from this VM site photo entry)

In the picture, you can also see the optional outboard tool rest for use with the outboard spindle.

I’d say $600 is a bit steep for a 10” lathe of that vintage (I’m getting ready to sell my similar 10×36 Delta for ~$100), but it depends on what other goodies may be included and those cast iron legs are a great bonus. It does appear to be in pretty good shape otherwise.

Here is a link to the Walker Turner Driver Line catalog showing the L540 ($18.50 without a motor back in 1938 :)

1938 Driver Engineered Power Tools Catalog G8


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#2 posted 07-06-2018 10:16 PM

36” is kind of short. How hard would it be to come up with an extension for it? Or could it be extended? The Walker Turner is a classic looking thing. I would like to have one like it, although, it seems a little rich at that price.

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#3 posted 07-06-2018 10:59 PM

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#4 posted 07-07-2018 03:12 PM

Looks to be in nice shape but I also feel the price is steep, maybe way steep. Below are some of the listings (CL) locally.
A big drawback to me would be having to use a wrench to move the tailstock and banjo. Not a big to-do with spindle work but with bowl or platter where you may be moving the banjo every few minutes it would be a pain to me.

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