Re: [atlas_craftsman] Re: Need help pricing an old lathe
- I really can't see a war starting over the Chinese lathe,
I had a 9X10 Jet lathe. Note I said HAD
With out going in to a long story about what all was wrong with it.
I will just say I got where I didn't like going to the shop and
seeing it setting there.
Many hours was spent adjusting, a compleat tare down and rebuilt, new
parts made for it and still a piece of junk.
The bed was replaced with a new one and still so for out you couldn't adjust.
Very poor casting on the apron, bed and head stock.
Under the paint you would find about 5lb of something like Bondo to
fill in for the bad casting.
I would like to hear from some one that has had both. They know what
there talking about.
At 01:13 PM 4/3/2008, you wrote:
> > Any of the Atlas/Craftsman metal cutting lathes are at least 40 yrs[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> > by now, so the question arises as to why anyone in their right mind
> > would want one, when they can buy a functionally equivalent, brand
> > albeit Chinese-made, machine for not much more money.
> > These machines almost fall into the "collector" category, like '60s
> > muscle cars, so the buyers aren't rational beings anyway.
>Either someone's tongue is firmly in his cheek or the first salvo of
>the next war has been fired...
- Just to help calibrate values, I recently bought a 10" X 32" Atlas in good working order with a set of manual change gears, a lantern tool post, one RH tool holder, a decent three jaw chuck, a thread dial and a live center for $600. I consider it a good value for the money.
From: millerawd <millerawd@...>
Sent: Mon, 7 Apr 2008 10:03 pm
Subject: [atlas_craftsman] Re: Need help pricing an old lathe
HI- HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOUR SALE- I HAVE A SIMILAR LATHE WHICH WAS
MY BROTHERS AND IT WAS MISSING A LOT OF PARTS WHICH I HAVE SLOWLY
BOUGHT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS- I HAVE SPENT APPROXIMATELY $600.00 ON
IT AND STILL NEED A COMPOUND REST. YOUR LATHE MUST AT LEAST BE WORTH
$1200 T0 $1300 OR POSSIBLY MORE-GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR SALE.
I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SOME OR ALL OF YOUR FATHERS HAMMERS IF YOU ARE
STILL INTERESTED IN SELLING THEM- THEY LOOK PRETTY NEAT AND IT WOULD BE
FUN TO CLEAN THEM UP WITH A SMALL GRINDER AND POLISH THEM AND PUT THEM
TO USE -THANKS- PLEASE LET ME KNOW AT millerAwd@...-CHUCK--
In firstname.lastname@example.org, "ginger93614" <ginger93614@...>
> Hi. I am a new member, and I joined hoping someone could help me put a
> fair value on an old Craftsman metal lathe I inherited from my
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> It has an Atlas manual with a copyright date of 1957, but the lathe
> doesn't seem to have a model# that I know of. There are a lot of lathe
> parts, attachments and boxes of bits, and even a ballpark figure would
> be a help. There is also 2 tall oxygen tanks (full) and a drill press,
> lots of odds and ends. I believe the lathe works and it only got
> occasional use, but it definitely looks its age.
> Any help would be gratefully appreciated, thanks.
> Coarsegold, CA