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Default New lathe, actually it's a metal lathe

A few weeks ago I was offered a FREE Hendey lathe, but I have to move it, from a basement, out a window. It weighs about 2400 lbs. and for my metric friends, I don't even know what measurements to translate to, but its heavy. I am including a host od pictures, mostly dissassembly as I have not moved it completely out yet, but in one of the last pictures you will see the window behind the bed that I need to squeeze it thru.

Here's some of the stats, its a Henedy 14x8, 8 speed Geared head lathe, built around 1928-29, weighs in around 2300-2400 pounds and it's in very nice shape.
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After looking at pictures and having to get that out of a basement, I'm wondering about the value of your free item!
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After looking at pictures and having to get that out of a basement, I'm wondering about the value of your free item!
Shoot, moving it out is half the fun! I just need a few strong hands and I'm home free! (no pun intended, of coarse).

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Jack, that sort of thing is actually fun!

I'll give you some hints: DOLLY, RAMP, TRUCK WINCH, DISASSEMBLE, GOOD PHOTOS, STEEL-TOE BOOTS, WINDOW CLEARANCE.

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My good friend Jack, that is a LATHE and in due course I'm expecting some very fine work coming off it. I'm envious of the auto gearbox, I still have to set up the change gears on mine.

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My good friend Jack, that is a LATHE and in due course I'm expecting some very fine work coming off it. I'm envious of the auto gearbox, I still have to set up the change gears on mine.
Harry, I'm so glad you dropped in, it's always good to see you and hear from you! This lathe tops out at about 450 RPM, maybe not even that fast. So while I'm not sure how I will use it for metal, can I use it for wood? Or both? I have an assortment of faceplates and chucks that come with it, I have that Jacobs chuck and most of the fittings that go in it, (I forget what they are called), I have a VERY heavy 4 jaw chuck, I think it's 6", then I have a 6" faceplate and a 14" faceplate.

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Nice find Jack. Those old lathes are SOLID and heavy as you say (2400 lbs = about 1.1 tonnes). You are very fortunate to get the tooling with it. That stuff is like router bits and jigs. They wind up costing more than the machine.

I have an old one similar to it. A 12 x 40 Harrison. I contacted the factory by email once to see if they might have a manual for it kicking around and they asked for pictures and told me where to look for the serial number. I looked where they said and the number was 008. I wish I was better at using it than I am but they are fun to play with and they can be very handy for some jobs.

I asked a cousin who is a machinist to come have a look and give me some pointers on using it. He cringed when he saw all the sawdust on it. Dirty latheways will wear and reduce accuracy he told me. So clean them off before you use it. It will turn wood. A neighbor has done that on his. It doesn't necessarily do a good job of it because it turns a little slow compared to a wood lathe. I have a cheap Delta for wood and it turns at 2000 on high speed.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Nice lathe. Should be a good project moving it. Well worth the labor. Probably not a good idea to waste a good metal lathe like that turning wood. You could probably trade it for several excellent wood lathes.
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Nice oldie there Jack! That's an old belt drive machine. Shops back "in the day" use to have one motor that ran several machines. That's why the motor is "newer" looking, and on top of the lathe. Also looks like it has babbit bearings. Make sure you keep the little oilers oiled.
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Hi, Jack.

It was a nice gift for your recent birtday!!!

Impresive gear box.

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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