Re: [atlas_craftsman] Re: Need help pricing an old lathe
- Engine Lathes have a pretty standard lay out and function.
A good piece of machinery starts with a good design and material choices.
Material and foundry technique has to be good to turn out sound castings.
Accurate machining converts a quality casting into quality parts.
Some import machines still seem to be of the "Great Leap Forward" era
where quantity not quality was desired.
Decline in value of the dollar will put pressure importers and manufacturers
to make the machine worth the price...expect to see more corner cutting
and/or upgraded quality.
A worn out domestic machine with ebay the only source of major spares
does not seem like a great value compared to either a middling import
or a decent condition domestic machine.
If you have a good C/A machine treasure it...there will be no more.
If you are looking at an affordable import...look carefully and check out
everything twice before you buy.
An opinion is worth only what you pay for it .... and this one is free.
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- 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