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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-21-2019, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Default What would you Pay for this Lathe and Stand

I have been busy building a new lathe and stand. I bought a new Harbor Freight 1018 Lathe and a Rockler Excelsior Extension. I cannot stand that horrible green that the central machinery is painted. The Rockler Excelsior Extension was painted black. I sand blasted the paint off both pieces and primed them with Ace Primer and painted two coats of Rustoleum Hammered gray paint.

Since I had the head stock disassembled for painting I ordered two premium bearings from Ebay. The original bearings were 6005RS and I replaced them with 60052RS bearings with Mobil Grease in them. THe 6005RS is a single seal bearing and the 600052RS is a two sided sealed bearing.

I used some diamond stones to lap the tool rest because it was rough as a cobb.

I made a new stand based on Alan Lacer's design. Mr Lacer uses plywood that is doubled up and glued to make his stand. I used a finger Joint to join smaller pieces of oak and them laminated two layers together to make the A frame and stretchers. I used a single layer to make the top and bottom shelfs. The oak was originally from am out of business church furniture factory. The boards were glued up church pew ends that I resawed up and make into boards.

I also put a nice power strip on the back of the stand with a 15 foot cord. I used a couple of coat hanger hooks to make a winding reel for the cord when the lathe is not in use.

I also got some Rockler Bench Wheels with brackets. The brackets are installed in what ever you want to move and you move the wheels around so you can have multiple pieces is equipment mobile using one set of wheels.

I have a Nova double MT #2 Alignment Tool I used to line up the tail stock and the head stock.

Please tell me what you think of the lathe and what you think it might be worth as a package.

I may sell it or may keep it. If I keep it I will order a Penn State variable speed motor. I already have a Nova 16-44 and a Jet 1014 so I really dont need it but it is like potato chips, you cant eat just one.
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Nice, and not a clue what it would sell for. I had a HF lathe years ago, good tool. Painted it bright yellow, looked better, and added some lightness to the shop. Sold it, because I found out all I liked to make on it was carving mallets, got a bunch of those around the shop. Made a stand out of plywood, glued together, very sturdy, and never had any vibration at all. Not a clue how I made it, just started building.

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nicely done - from the repaint to the stand - great work!
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Good looking project!

Now the hard part.... how much is it going to sell for. It looks like you have about $400 or so in the lathe and extension, and about $100 in the stand. Unfortunately, it's hard to recapture the value of your hard work improving the lathe. If you try to sell it on Craigslist, you can list it at $450, and see what kind of offers you get. looking on my local craigslist, lathes are all over the place in price and value. There's a Rikon with an extension for $600 right now, and a beat up Craftsman single tube lathe that someone optimistically hopes to get $250 for.

If you aren't desperate to sell, list it high, see what nibbles you get, and that will guide you into what the package is worth in your area.

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In reality I have the following in costs:

$200.00 Lathe (239.00 - 20% Coupon)
$79.00 Excelsior Extension (Sale and Free Shipping with Coupon)
$12.00 Bearings
$20.00 Paint and Sand to Blast
$25.00 Power Strip
$57.00 Rockler Bench Wheels (Coupons and Free Shipping)
$7.00 Misc Bolts, Nuts, Screws, Glue, etc.

The stand was made from recycled oak that I bought some time ago. There was my labor but part of this build was using a finger joint router bit that I wanted to use to find out if it was feasible to recycle more of this oak into usable material. Most of it is 2-3" wide 18-28" long boards. Many of those boards are glued up into seats or feet and/or legs. So even though my labor is worth something, building the stand will enable me to use a lot more of the oak than was previously possible.

One more thing that may seem strange to many of you, profit is not my motive. I would like to help someone else enjoy turning as much as I do. I will not take a loss to sell the lathe I only need to break even and that puts me ahead in my mind.

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@gdonham1 - Guy - that's a nice looking stand, very sturdy and a good job on the refurb of the lathe.
Now, as far as what you could sell it for, it really depends on your area and whether anyone is willing to pay for a ready-made stand/lathe.
What I've found when searching Kijiji (I'm from Canada) is that there are very few people who are willing to pay what a tool is worth and most people who sell tools think the value is a lot higher than it should be - I'm not suggesting that is you - but a lot of people looking for tools want them for next to nothing.

This may not be helpful to you, just my opinion.
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I agree with others, it looks great! Nice work.
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Great job...not sure though if you're gonna get your money back. It takes a bit more of a woodworker to appreciate the work you've put into it...AND...appreciate the components you've replaced or modified. And as has been noted, most people buying "used" tools are looking for the cheap way out or just want to see if they'll like it.

One thing's for sure...it won't sell if you don't list it. Put your price on it and let 'er rip...adjust (or not) accordingly.

In your listing, make sure you put in what you believe sets yours apart from anything else...that may catch someone's eye...

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The only way you are going to get out what you put into it is to use it. Other than that would be not recuperating what you have have put into it,but getting joy out of getting it a good home where an individual is getting started in turning and the feeling of helping them get a good start.

Go Harbor Freight.
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Well I like it and if I could afford it I would buy it.
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