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01-27-2019 07:31 PM

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On this forum and others, I never hear of anyone with Atlas machines. They were a big manufacturer of high quality wood and metal working machines back in the 50’s and 60’s. Just out of curiosity, I wonder if any readers own or have owned Atlas machines? I don’t even see any for sale on CI or Ebay. I do know Atlas made metal lathes for Sears along with other tools; table saws I believe. In 1965 Atlas was sold to Clausing, but doesn’t use the Atlas name. There must be a sxxx load of Atlas machines out there.

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#1 posted 01-27-2019 07:39 PM

I have an Atlas made floor standing drill press. Made in 1937 for Sears and sold under the Craftsman name.


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#2 posted 01-27-2019 08:39 PM

12” band saw. Mfg in early ‘50s. My dad bought it for $10 around 1961. It was the first power saw I was allowed to use when I was 8 years old. I still have it and use it regularly even though I have a 14” now as well.

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#3 posted 01-28-2019 02:27 PM

Here is one example of an Atlas drill press for sale today (Jan. 28). I think it is a wee bit overpriced.

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#4 posted 01-28-2019 02:54 PM

(NB: I posted and removed and re-uploaded these pictures 4 times. They are not upside down on my computer. If anyone knows what’s going on, I’m happy to hear!)

I purchased, as a lot, some woodworking tools a few years ago. One of the pieces was a 6” Atlas jointer—probably from the early 1950’s. I already have a newer Jet. I completely refurbished and restored it to like-new condition so I could sell it and recoup some of the expense of the larger purchase. I was extremely impressed with the thoughtfulness of the design, and with the ease and range of adjustments. I can honestly say (and I know from experience) that I haven’t seen a better jointer design. I really considered keeping it, and maybe I should have.

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#5 posted 01-28-2019 03:13 PM

Purchased a 6001 jointer off CL for $20 a couple of years ago.

Put new knives in, replaced cutterhead bearings, new belt, new pulleys, and had to fabricate a couple of fence pieces where the pot metal castings had crumbled. Little paint and lots of elbow grease later:

Great machine. I tried to purchase several old Atlas metal lathes over the last couple of years but never could find one I liked that I could get together with the seller on price. Ended up getting a South Bend for the price I liked instead.

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#6 posted 01-28-2019 03:17 PM

Ha! Gleason posted while I was typing :-)

You’re right, the fence on this thing is as solid as anything I’ve ever seen. Really probably over-engineered for a woodworking machine but I ain’t complaining!

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#7 posted 01-28-2019 03:32 PM

My first metal lathe was a 6” Atlas that was sold by Sears. I bought it around 1958 with the money I made working at a local hobby shop Saturdays and during the summer. I was 17 or 18 years old at the time. Nice lathe though a tad light weight. Learned a lot using it. My Dad who was an avid hunter and fisherman wanted me to use the money to buy a shotgun and took me to a gun shop to look over the merchandise. I bought the lathe anyway, a great disappointment to my dad.

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#8 posted 01-28-2019 03:32 PM

For gleasoncraftworks:

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#9 posted 01-28-2019 04:16 PM

both then jointer are beautiful machines i really like how Kenny mounted his switch sorta out of bumping way bot hare excellent looking :<)))

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