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Hey all, have been wanting a lathe for awhile... picked up a pretty ancient but pretty good shape sears no. 103.23881 lathe today from Craigslist. Anyone know if there is a free manual available for it? ...found a few online that want like $10 for the manual, and I only paid $20 for the lathe. It's in pretty good shape with a little rust, parts are soaking in Evapo-rust atm...

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Here are a couple of PDFs, I don't know if they are exactly like yours.

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Thanks guys, I'll check them out... appreciate it!
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Here are a couple of PDFs, I don't know if they are exactly like yours.

Check Owwm.com
Thanks kp91! The second pdf you posted is the exact one, great tip on Owwm.com too, they have her here: OWWM - Photo Index - Craftsman - 103.23881 (gotta say... I'm pretty happy coz mine looked alot better than that one before starting to de-rust her. Best $20 I've spent in quite a while... I'm tickled.)

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Machine Type: Lathe
Machine Size: 12' x 39"
Description/Model: 103.23881
Date of Manufacturer: 1959/1960
1959/1960... maybe I shouldn't have said ancient since I'm half way to 102 too
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I'm not sure what Morse taper it is, but Sears sells lots of accessories for good prices, online only.

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Morse taper is the taper of the headstock, so as to install and remove parts to the lathe, all machine tools, drill presses, mills and lathes have this.
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I'm finding that I'm at the beginning of another learning curve with the lathe... it's a good thing though. Found that it had a "dead center" in the tailstock, just assumed that the morse taper shaft that holds the tailstock center would have ridden on bearings... not so when I took it apart. Figured that it would run cooler/smoother if on bearings on that end so I picked up a WoodRiver 60 Ball Bearing Live Tailstock Center #1 Morse Taper, thereby doubling what I put into it so far. Also, when I had it apart, figured that it might be a good idea to replace the two bearings on the headstock... another $12... now I have a total of $52 into this project/tool, but I'm hoping it'll pay off maintainance-wise. Looking good so far... just need to come up with something to mount it on so I can start her up. The learning curve continues...
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Morse taper is the taper of the headstock, so as to install and remove parts to the lathe, all machine tools, drill presses, mills and lathes have this.
I know that. I don't know if that lathe has MT1 or MT2. The instructions don't say.

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I'm finding that I'm at the beginning of another learning curve with the lathe... it's a good thing though. Found that it had a "dead center" in the tailstock, just assumed that the morse taper shaft that holds the tailstock center would have ridden on bearings... not so when I took it apart. Figured that it would run cooler/smoother if on bearings on that end so I picked up a WoodRiver 60 Ball Bearing Live Tailstock Center #1 Morse Taper, thereby doubling what I put into it so far. Also, when I had it apart, figured that it might be a good idea to replace the two bearings on the headstock... another $12... now I have a total of $52 into this project/tool, but I'm hoping it'll pay off maintainance-wise. Looking good so far... just need to come up with something to mount it on so I can start her up. The learning curve continues...
Congrats on your new lathe. As you have already just found out the lathe is the cheap part. You might want to check out the Woodturning and Lathe forum.

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