Old machine tools are cool

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Bake, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Yellow Iron

    Yellow Iron Long timer

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    Thanks that helps a lot
  2. dblacknj

    dblacknj Master of the Obvious

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    The past five months have been rather life changing. Hurricane Sandy came on shore less than 3 miles east of here.
    While I only lost trees and power for 16 days, it did change my perspective on many things.

    By New Years Day, the worst of over and I was back to actively scouring Craigslist. Found this one the middle of January.

    It's a 1944 Cincinnati #2 Vertical Mill. Same concept as a Bridgeport, except it weighs in a +7k lbs.
    Serial number 2A2V1M-10 It belonged to 1 man machine shop in Rockaway NJ. The man and his father purchased this machine from
    a dealer in 1970. They added an hour meter when it was installed. It now reads 7000+ hours. That's 7k hours in 43 years, or about
    1/2 hour per week. The original owner is unknown.

    This machine has one 5hp motor. Later versions have two motors. I have power limitations in my shop, so the smaller motor fits
    nicely. Note it also has a complete powered rotary table that works. This machine came in two flavors, medium speed and hi speed.
    Mine is a medium speed. Top speed 450rpm. What am I going to do with it? Hogging and heavy gouging. It's the better alternative
    to a 24inch Cincinnati Shaper.

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  3. LoFlow

    LoFlow Long timer

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    That is one hell of a machine. Good to see it saved from the scrape yards. Congrats!
  4. dblacknj

    dblacknj Master of the Obvious

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    K&T 2HL s/n 45-3313 Circa 1941

    I met this young lady right after Christmas 2012. The next few times I saw her,
    she kept whispering she wanted to go home with me.

    Well the other day she showed up in the driveway and I just had to let her stay a few nights.
    As much as I would like to keep her, she needs to find a good home.
    Considering her age, she's quite a looker!

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  5. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze The Great Unwashed

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    Went down country into South Carolina yesterday to an old textile mill town that's dying out to pick up this lathe. It was purchased from a closed mill by a former employee that retired from there, then died before restoring and using it. His son sold it to me. It's a Cincinnati. Very little info on the 'net so far, I'll run it through a couple of machine forums I'm on to see what might be known about it.

    It must have been stored outside for a while, a lot of things are seized. But the spindle turns smoothly and I think it'll come back to life with some persistence. Not so shiny now but I've high hopes for a full restoration. It has no tooling with it save for a boring bar holder, but at least it's well chucked. If it doesn't work out, I can probably get my money back at the scrap yard. $650.00
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  6. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    You should have a good times with parts - that lathe was made for a good while, with very few major changes, and was Atlas and Craftsman branded.

    I have a slightly newer, longer bed version of the same.

    Did it come with all the feed change gears?
  7. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    I just picked up a 618 a few months ago. Someone had unsuccessfully attempted to convert the motor to under mount. Mostly I have learned that I have a lot to learn about running a lathe.
  8. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    bump
  9. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze The Great Unwashed

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    Picked this up in Baltimore back in the winter. From about 1900, the only thing this lathe ever did was make fire plug adapters for area fire departments. It's got some pretty good wear on about a foot of the ways and lead screw right near the head, the rest of the lathe was hardly used at all. I've got a couple of gear head lathes, but have a real weakness for these old girls.
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  10. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    OOOOoooooo . . . . . . .overhead shafts!
  11. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze The Great Unwashed

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    I've got the clutch assembly that you see in the vid just above the lathe, but no line shafting. The man I bought the lathe from also had all the line shafting from the building but wanted to keep it. I'm always on the lookout for shafting and associated parts, I'd love to set up a line of machines to run off of one. Meantime, I'll just run a flat belt from a motor to the clutch.
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  12. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    The place my girlfriend is renting has a 30's era shed with the remains of an overhead shaft setup :D They apparently used an old single cyl motor out the side to run a lathe etc. Must have been quite the DIY shop for the day. A very cool old radial arm drill press is still there, converted to an electric motor. I need to get pics of it & post up here.

    Cheers
    Clint
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  13. filmfan

    filmfan Long timer

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    This beast is on our local CL
    It's a Walker-Turner radial arm drill press :tb

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    listing, with more pictures
    https://nh.craigslist.org/tls/5514175416.html

    I wish I had the space.
    (+ the money for a proper offer, a way to transport it, etc, etc.)
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  14. Fire Escape

    Fire Escape Long timer

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    Is it gone? I can open the link but no asking price on what I could find. Not that I have the space for it........

    Bruce
  15. filmfan

    filmfan Long timer

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    I don't know the status, I first saw it last week, and I presume it's still available since the ad is still there, though that doesn't necessarily mean much. No price listed, so I guess it's a make offer or ask how much.