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10-01-2020 01:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walker and turner walker and turner lathe lathe help identification question resource

Hi folks.
Need help identifying this Walker and Turner “wood and metal” lathe that is for sale near us.
I am told it is from the ‘50s. Just wanted any clarifying information one might have about it and, if all works well, what it would be a good buy at price-wise? Also curious if you see anything missing or beaming out at you

from the photos?


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#1 posted 10-01-2020 02:33 PM

I paid $450 for a powermatic 90 two years ago. A 1973 model. Unless it is a collector’s item, don’t go too high. Parts, if needed, could be a problem. Bearings should be available. I would offer $100 to start.

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#2 posted 10-01-2020 03:59 PM

First of all, that is a wood lathe, NOT a metal lathe. Second, Walker turner made very good woodworking tools. I have a Walker Turner WW-2 vintage cast iron 14” bandsaw still going strong. As above, I think $100 is a good starting offer. No more than $200 final price.

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#3 posted 10-01-2020 04:02 PM

How does one identify whether or not it is a wood AND metal lathe?

Also, unfortunately, the buyer got back to me with their asking price after i had the opportunity to post this. They’re starting price is $1,650….


First of all, that is a wood lathe, NOT a metal lathe. Second, Walker turner made very good woodworking tools. I have a Walker Turner WW-2 vintage cast iron 14” bandsaw still going strong. As above, I think $100 is a good starting offer. No more than $200 final price.

- Planeman40


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#4 posted 10-01-2020 04:14 PM

Metal lathes use different tool holder and chucks. Let it go, you can get a lot of modern lathe for that price.

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#5 posted 10-01-2020 07:40 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

Suggest you surf over to Vintagemachinery.org and look at the picture archive they have on Walker Turner lathes. WT made both metal and wood lathes, but mostly find wood lathes.
http://www.vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=808&tab=4

Best Luck!

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#6 posted 10-01-2020 07:46 PM

$1650 is obscene for that lathe unless it’s really quite heavy, which I doubt. I’m curious what they’re asking for the other machines.

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#7 posted 10-01-2020 08:07 PM

How does one identify whether or not it is a wood AND metal lathe?

Wood lathes have a tool rest (mounted on a ‘banjo’) that you freehand the chisels on as you turn. Metal lathes don’t, and instead use a cross-slide and fixed cutting bit arrangement that is moved mechanically.

Also, unfortunately, the buyer got back to me with their asking price after i had the opportunity to post this. They re starting price is $1,650….
- pbpally

The guy is nuts – are you sure that wasn’t for all of the tools shown? IIRC, W/T only made one lathe in the 50’s – a 12” wood lathe with either a variable speed or 4 speed stepped pulley arrangement. As mentioned, you can find nice 12” lathes for significantly less money and maybe even in better shape and with more accessories.

Cheers,
Brad

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#8 posted 10-09-2020 09:26 PM

As a wood lathe, it looks to be in excellent condition and isn’t missing anything. It is not a “metal” lathe. I would go no higher than $200 for it only because there are a lot of wood lathes on the market for less than $200, but I would not compare a WT lathe to a Harbor Freight lathe.

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