View Full Version : Are Wilton Lathes Imported??

12-26-2002, 01:08 AM
I see Wilton has a 12x36 Tradesman lathe for around $3200. Comparing the Wilton and the Birmingham 12x36 lathes they sure seem like they come from the same place. I always thought Wilton was an American made brand? Has anybody ever used one of Wiltons lathes before?

12-26-2002, 09:05 AM
Dunno for sure, but I'd certainly guess that it's imported. Wilton may be an American brand, but that doesn't mean they don't import stuff and put their name on it. Whether it's any better (built to "Wilton" specifications) than other imports...who knows.

Spin Doctor
12-26-2002, 11:00 AM
Judging by some of the Wilton stuff I've seen I think( and this is strictly my opinion )that they figure the name is worth however much they want to charge for it. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif

12-26-2002, 11:09 AM
Wilton is imported. I have had experience with a Wilton belt/disc grinder, and a Wilton horizontal/vertical bandsaw.
Neither impressed me with quality or longevity. They are no different than any other low priced Asian import.
If I am not mistaken, they are hooked up with Jet now.

12-26-2002, 11:47 AM
I am not sure if any machine is made in North America any more.

Spin Doctor
12-26-2002, 11:47 AM
Similar topic, we had an engineer go buy some machinery for our die room one time. In addition to the BP seies 1s and B&S grinders he ordered some BP knockoffs (Aliant )and some Powermatic manual surface grinders (yah the saw people ). The nicest thing you could say about the grinders was that they were a POS. One we never could get any finish out of them, still under waranty so they called the vendor. This clown shows up to fix the spindles. First thing he does is blow the bearings apart trying to disassemble it. Then he asks me if we've got any solvent to wash the bearings so he can put them back together. When told that you can't do that with a precision angular contact bearing all he said was whats a precision bearing. Looked at the bearing races and all they were was standard 7200 series angular contact. If that was the quality of their service people imagine what the grinder were like http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

12-30-2002, 07:48 PM

01-01-2003, 11:52 AM
I've worked with some older Wilton tools and seemed good quality, but they were bought out and now are imported. I'm sure the quality is long gone as with so many other companies. Where are quality machines made anymore? Good Luck!