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dddddmorgan

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12-01-2019 09:42 PM

So I picked up this gem at a yard sale this summer and have finally gotten around to setting it up. After cleaning it off and looking it over I’ve found no identifying remarks. Of course I can find nothing on the Record Power website.

It’s a blue 9” mini lathe. Manual speed change.

The thing is smooth as butter, I have it secured to a flimsy bench with four wood screws and it is like Plymouth Rock.

I can post a pic if needed in a day or so.

I’m wondering if anyone has literature on this lathe?

I’m interested in getting a 4 jaw chuck, it’s a 3/4” threaded so I’m assuming a #1 ?

Thanks

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 12-01-2019 10:19 PM



I m interested in getting a 4 jaw chuck, it s a 3/4” threaded so I m assuming a #1 ?

Thanks

- dddddmorgan

#1 Morse Taper? It only takes a minute to measure and check but I would suggest getting a threaded chuck. You can buy adaptors for most thread pitches. I would love to see pics if you want to post them.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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dddddmorgan

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#2 posted 12-02-2019 01:46 AM

Here is the blue beauty. So smooth and powerful it’s ridiculous!

The headstock swivels completely, I actually found a manual for it and it’s an older RMPL 300. The manual shows that it came with a bowl turning accessory where you could rotate the headstock and turn a much larger piece than the swing will allow.

When I rebuild the bench it’s on I will make a slide out platform that will hold a rest (I will make a curved and a straight one). I have a contact at a machine shop here in town and I’ll see how much beer an extension would cost me. It’ll turn maybe 12” now and 24” would be nice.

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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bigJohninvegas

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#3 posted 12-02-2019 03:07 AM

Here is a link from 2018. Another member here with the same lathe.

https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/271442

-- John

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#4 posted 12-02-2019 04:16 AM

I did a little quick searching and looked like those are made in the UK. Been around a long time. The only drawback I see is the #1 taper, limits some of the accessories maybe.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Woodknack

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#5 posted 12-02-2019 06:45 AM

I’m envious that you can get a machine shop to do any work at all, let alone for beer. Last time I wanted machining, the closest guy I could get was a retired machinist who lives 2.5 hours away and wanted and arm and leg + plus $cash. Nice little lathe.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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dddddmorgan

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#6 posted 12-02-2019 12:41 PM

Thanks all. I don’t consider the #1 taper much of a drawback, this is a mini lathe and will never be anything else. I’m going to save my pennies and get the nice 4 jaw chuck to turn bowls and such and a plate so I can attach a disc to make a nice sander with it turned 90 degrees.

The machinist I’ve known for 40 years, used to race against him at the local speedway, lots of good times with the car my father built and our barber tearing around the track in it. I guess the sentimentality goes a long ways. I’ve been in the Treasure Valley for a long time and there are still a few of us ‘good ole boys’ around in spite of the new folks moving in. Generally I have to come up with the steel for a project this size.

-- Maintenance Man - I do precision guesswork based on unreliable data from people of questionable knowledge...

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