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 Been here awhile

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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 social misfit

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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.