Should I buy this lathe? If so, how much should I pay? Sprunger 10-36

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Forum topic by Jeremymcon posted 04-02-2019 11:44 PM 1282 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2019 11:44 PM

I have been wanting a full size lathe for a while now, and my dad just told me about a friend of his that has an old Sprunger 10-36 wood lathe that is in a garage full of his late father in law’s (very) complete shop.

It is the same model as is listed at this website

It comes with the motor, plus a stand and like 30 gouges, scrapers, and other assorted tools, including an old 4 jaw chuck. I do have a pretty complete set of tools since I own a mini lathe and a spring pole lathe, so I could sell some of the tools on ebay and recoup some of the cost.

Would you buy this? Or hold out for a modern lathe with speed adjustment instead of moving the belt? The guy doesn’t know what it’s worth or how much he wants for it, so I’d need to come up with a price that I’d feel good about – don’t want to steal it from him, but I don’t want to overpay either.

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#1 posted 04-03-2019 04:15 PM

I am a fan of the old iron. That Sprunger looks like a very serviceable wood lathe IF it has a Morse taper hole in the headstock. I can’t tell from that photo. With a Morse taper, many various standard attachments can be used that are readily available. As to the price, I think $100 would be fair. But offer him $75 to start. If you REALLY want it, well… what you pay is up to you. A new lathe similar to that will be a lot more. The

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#2 posted 04-03-2019 04:50 PM

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#3 posted 04-03-2019 05:21 PM

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