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Can anyone give me any advice on this lathe? Do you have one? What are some things I should look for in a good lathe? This is one I found in my area for a really good deal. The guy said his dad bought it in the late 60's or early 70's. He wants $75 for it. This will be my first lathe.

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Sorry do not know much. abour lathes but if the tools come with it and it runs seem like it would be a cheap way to learn
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Like John said, it's a pretty cheap way to learn. Most of the old belt driven lathes had a step pulley or pulleys so that different speeds could be used. When you are roughing out a blank, i.e. getting something to basic round, you need to slow down to about 500 rpm or the out of balance spindle in the making will shake the machine apart. You didn't show that part of the machine so I can't be sure it it has one or both. Also most machines slide on a beam so that the tail stock stays square with the head stock. I can't tell from the picture if there is anything that keeps the tail stock lined up with the head stock or not. Sitting on a round tube like that it could spin all the way around. Not lining up with the head stock would be great if you want to turn tapered spindles but not so good if you don't. Ask to try it out and use gouges or scrapers to test it, don't try using a skew chisel until you've learned more about using a lathe. Try watching a few you tube videos first so you know how to set it up and get started.
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One thing you'll want to check for sure: does the tailstock (the sliding part on the right) line up well with the headstock (the stationary part on the left)? If they don't line up, can you make adjustments so they do? If they don't come together point-to-point, you'll struggle trying to learn on it.
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Best method to learn is on a tool that functions well as it minimizes the need to first "get it working right"...

From the pictures ti looks like the motor is mounted separately on a wooden platform somehow attached to a bigger piece of wood that is attached to the lathe...by the time you get it home it will have moved...time to adjust the motor...

Then there's the clean up of all the rust...who wants to dirty up that fine piece of wood with rust stains...

And the tailstock alignment...if you have to check it and align it every time you move it...hassle...and the longer the piece of wood, the more critical the adjustment requirement to align to the headstock...

...and there's probably more little gotcha's...motor goes, belt goes, no attachments or accessories available, how do you do pens on it...etc...

I would suggest looking for a lathe as inexpensive as you can go with some ability to grow with you for a little while and then if you like the art, find a real good one worthy of the projects you will turn out...

Don't let the tool get in the way of your creativity...
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I would agree with Nick. I would stay away from the tubular bed to many alignment issues. A HF lathe might be an alternative. Remember what do you expect out of the lathe this should be your first consideration. I started small doing pens on a 0.5 hp Nova and grew to a Grizzly G0766 3 hp. This was from 2003 till the present.
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I had one of those lathes many years ago. I would steer clear of it. It is not stable and the lowest speed is about 600 rpm. Like was said before it has a step pulley for speed. The tools look like the old carbon steel tools and don't hold a edge very long or well IMHO. The tailstock is pretty sorry in my opinion. I would look for a lathe that you can grow and learn on like a small Jet lathe or PSI lathe to start. Variable speed is nice and makes turning more pleasurable. If you are like me and serious about learning you will not be happy with this lathe. I have been turning for almost 15 yrs now and is mostly what I do when it comes to wood working.
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Looks like a Craftsman lathe. I am not a lathe person but I have heard some not so good things about these lathes.

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I have to tell you, I had one of these lathes years ago. You will just be buying $75.00 worth of problems and learn that you should buy the best you can afford to begin with. It's even more difficult to learn when you have too many other problems to solve first. I would let the seller recycle that deal for the scrap metal. Sorry, but I would hate to see YOU disappointed later. From the photos, the lathe looks to be in tough shape from sitting exposed to the elements for a long time. The cutters are better off replaced right away for your own safety. Hope you find something good to work with. Best of luck to you. Please let us know how you manage.
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I bought a Jet 1014. I hardly use it because I can hardly lift it. 80 lbs/36+ kg. If it had a permanent place for it, I would use it more. Something to consider as you shop for your next tool.

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