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Bill in Ky
04-23-2007, 12:15 PM
35 years ago I gave $20 for my frist lathe, a Craftsman 109. I still have it, and was wondering what differences , if any, there are between it and the model 101.

Optics Curmudgeon
04-23-2007, 12:25 PM
A better question would be is there anything in common. They were both sold by Sears, and the 109 change gears are the same as the 6 inch 101's. 109 is a Sears OEM code for AA Products, 101 is the code for Atlas. You'll see 109's advertised as Atlas lathes, but they're not. My first lathe was a 109 as well.

Joe

Tinkerer
04-23-2007, 01:12 PM
35 years ago I gave $20 for my frist lathe, a Craftsman 109. I still have it, and was wondering what differences , if any, there are between it and the model 101.

About a 150 lbs... :D

J Tiers
04-23-2007, 01:42 PM
Spindle size

Spindle bearings

apron handwheel

operational noise (109 backgear makes a horrible bell-like racket)

Dials that have meaningful calibrations (the 109 has no calibrations, and if it did, one turn is a fractional number of thousandths, since the cross and compound feed screws are 24 TPI.....)

parts support with new parts

decent half-nuts

flat ways vs 109 double-V way

MT0 (109) taper in spindle and T/S

1/4" thru hole on spindle vs larger for Atlas.

Availability of decent chucks........ 109 takes such small ones that they are hard to find and expensive.

The Atlas does not come equipped with the built-in pain in the a$$ which comes with the 109.......