View Full Version : Help identify Craftsman Lathe

02-14-2010, 04:37 PM
Let's hope this link works:

There are three pictures on this page (its Italian).. the first picture
is of an "AVM125" whatever that is.. the second one is an old
craftsman lathe.

Am wondering if someone might recognize it / model number?
recommendations? I'm looking for a small benchtop.


Tony Ennis
02-14-2010, 04:44 PM
See here. (http://www.lathes.co.uk/craftsman/page2.html)

Looks like a late 30s Deluxe model.

02-14-2010, 05:05 PM
It is the later Craftsman version of the Atla lathe. it is a 12" swing with Timken bearings and power cross feed. It is thread cutting, but is a change gear lathe. It looks like the longest bed, with 36" between centers.

It is a good lathe, but 60-70 years old. Look for wear on the bed, and make sure all the gears are there. It is not an industrial machine and light cuts are the order of the day.

02-15-2010, 05:58 PM
See here. (http://www.lathes.co.uk/craftsman/page2.html)

Looks like a late 30s Deluxe model.

The lathe appears to be Sears/Craftsman Deluxe model #101-07403, 12" swing by 36" between centers, with 16 speeds (assuming the original pulleys and back gear are still present). The bed length is 54", and overall length is ~58". This model was produced from 1939-1958 with few changes. If the gray paint is original (appears so), this lathe was built after 1940, before which the color was blue (and I believe the Craftsman badge was located on the headstock instead of the carriage apron), but before 1958, after which the lathe's design changed considerably. It was quite popular for light industrial and home shop use. The tail-end lead screw bearing/bracket may have been changed, and the knob/handwheel on the end of the lead screw is definitely not original. An accessory, drum-type reversing switch has been added to the front of the head-stock housing.


02-16-2010, 01:20 AM
It's not worth the freight from Italy.

02-16-2010, 02:07 AM
1300 Euros is prolly 2.5x to 4x its cost new. Sears was selling lathes of the later design, similar
to that in their tools catalog for $1300 in the early to late '70s, peaking
out at about $1800 in 1980 when all the machine tools disappeared from
the Sears catalogs. A pre WW11 lathe is worth perhaps 1/3 to 40% of this asking price.