View Full Version : Does anyone know about this brand of lathe?

10-20-2007, 12:56 AM
It's an old cone head but I like the size as long as it doesn't have a pea sized spindle bore like a lot of the older machines.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Wilson-Halifax-16-X-60-Gap-Bed-Lathe_W0QQitemZ220159251000QQihZ012QQcategoryZ1042 41QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Thanks for any onfo!

10-20-2007, 01:02 AM
Not familar with that particular machine,but it is in a class with 10,000 other makes of coneheads.It probably will have just a 1-1/2" spindle bore,but might be as large as a 2".

So far the price isn't bad considering it has some tooling,it's just old and slow.

10-20-2007, 01:08 AM
D...you know what I'm looking for...something a little bigger and something to thread with without changing bloody gears all the time. I could live with a 1 1/2" bore but would like bigger.
I'm sorta into this one as it isn't too far from home and I do have the loot to buy it (for a change)

10-20-2007, 01:22 AM
Whatever happened to the BYB?(Big Yellow Behemoth)

The lathe in the auction would probably work fine,it just might need a few shims here and there to make up for the last century of use.

10-20-2007, 01:30 AM
Darin...the old McDougal is still waiting for the last few pieces of the boring head I'm making to bore out the damaged spindle. Only problem with it...it'll be residing about 5 miles from me and I'd like to have a bigger machine in my own shop.

10-20-2007, 07:32 AM
Have you checked the ferry rates lately? Especially if you are an oversize load (trailer)? :eek:

If your rig is 30 feet long it will cost you over $100 each way.

Based on the pic of the left end of the lathe I would say the spindle bore is no more than 1.5".

Your Old Dog
10-20-2007, 07:51 AM
Hey Alistair, you know anything about this lathe? :D


Alistair Hosie
10-20-2007, 04:16 PM
Hey Y O D I wasn't surprised Evan had a go he hates green and this is one greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeennn lathe

10-20-2007, 05:30 PM
It's a Willson, not a Wilson. There's an L of a difference.

Willson lathes were made in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

Alistair Hosie
10-20-2007, 05:37 PM
Correct there's a lot of willson machinery much of it dedicated to woodworking planers e saws etc all very well made and heavily built .Alistair