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bonesmsd
02-02-2011, 02:56 PM
Picked up this lathe over the weekend, and I am trying to figure out the make. Plates are very hard to read, but one says Trans World Steel. Model # looks like BL-1236. Any help is very much appreciated.
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo225/bonesmsd/Lathe/lathe1.jpg
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo225/bonesmsd/Lathe/lathe2.jpg
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo225/bonesmsd/Lathe/lathe5.jpg
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo225/bonesmsd/Lathe/lathe3.jpg

mmc005
02-02-2011, 03:36 PM
Maybe the person on this site can help you, he has a TWS lathe too. Maybe you can post your question up there too.
http://madmodder.net/index.php?topic=2352.30

aboard_epsilon
02-02-2011, 03:57 PM
http://www.machine.cc/manufacturer/992/14470/product-detail/bench-lathe-(bl-1236).html

thats what it became ..
think you have the badly fabricated prototype there by the looks of things ..

bet someone in china really misses that :D

panchula
02-02-2011, 04:05 PM
I didn't know British-Leyland made lathes...

aboard_epsilon
02-02-2011, 04:11 PM
havnt you heard Rover is now in china ..

think the only place that lathe is good for is the dumpster ..

has to be the worst one ive ever seen ..you sure someones not made it as a joke and attatched the plates off another machine.

if it was anything other than chinese ..it may be worth a look at ..

get nick muller to restore it to its former glory ..he will love you for it .

all the best.markj

bonesmsd
02-02-2011, 04:12 PM
http://www.machine.cc/manufacturer/992/14470/product-detail/bench-lathe-(bl-1236).html

thats what it became ..
think you have the badly fabricated prototype there by the looks of things ..

bet someone in china really misses that :D


Yeah- I figured for $100 with a 1" plate table, it was worth the gamble to try to make it work.

Mark Hockett
02-02-2011, 04:35 PM
It looks like an older Taiwan made, belt drive 12X36 lathe. With a little TLC it should be a good usable lathe. I think $100 was a deal.

aboard_epsilon
02-02-2011, 04:57 PM
had one like this a couple of months back..Arundel wood lathe..for 5

http://www.tools-cheap.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/-1371922606415602840.jpg

probably sell it for 25

there is a lot of difference in uk prices to usa

shock horror they got $350 for it
http://www.tools-cheap.com/arundel-m230-36-professional-wood-lathe-w-dayton-motor/
all the best.markj

paulx
02-02-2011, 05:10 PM
Looks like mine.Its called a Dar Sin.

JoeFin
02-02-2011, 05:35 PM
Thats doing to be a lot of work

You might want to start out by running an indicator alone the ways to see if it is worth the effort. No sense in putting in a ton of hours only to find out after wards the bed is warped or completely worn out. Additionally you might want to make sure all the gears in the Quick Change Gear Box move freely and have all their teeth

Bill Pace
02-02-2011, 06:09 PM
I would have give $100 for it in a minute. Looks like that popular little 9x20, expanded.

quasi
02-02-2011, 06:31 PM
that looks like my old 12x36 belt head lathe. Mine was made in Taiwan, it was badged as a Tida.

Chief Ben
02-02-2011, 06:49 PM
This is my 1979 Jet Lathe, i got it in 1987 and it still run great. You got a good deal if it can be fixed up with out needing new parts, because they don't make parts for the old Jet machines, I have tryed, had to make my own.
i don't know what thay called yours, but it looks a lot like mine. yours is newer or older, of the same kind i think , good luck.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u3/DaveBentz/shop3002.jpg
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u3/DaveBentz/shop3002.jpg
this is it in my new small shop,
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u3/DaveBentz/shop3011.jpg

GerryR
02-02-2011, 07:21 PM
Except for the Fwd / Stop / Rvs handle at the bottom of the Apron, It looks very much like my Jet 1024 lathe. It will take some work but will end up being a nice machine. You might try getting a manual for the Jet and see how it compares. I have a couple of different versions of the manual in PDF if you are interested. Happy to download them for you. PM me. They are reasonably heavy duty for their size.

Toolguy
02-02-2011, 07:30 PM
Hi Chief!
Is that an IH Cub tractor? It looks like it's in really great shape!

hardtail
02-02-2011, 07:31 PM
$100 pretty hard to go wrong.......if it doesn't prove to be very accurate I would convert it to dirty work.......welding etc........not everybody needs precision accuracy.......I think you did well.......best of luck tracking down the info and cleaning........

shadtree
02-02-2011, 08:08 PM
I got a 13x25 Jet that looks a lot like it. The lever for the thread engagement is in a different place but it's the same thing. Good little buy for a $100. A little elbow grease and she might polish up nicely.

sasquatch
02-02-2011, 08:20 PM
Hey, if the "Wear" factor checks out ok, looks like it,s certainly got some good potential to make a runner out of it.

Some pics of the restoration would be good if ya get time!!:D

Chief Ben
02-02-2011, 08:55 PM
Hi Chief!
Is that an IH Cub tractor? It looks like it's in really great shape!
Yes ToolGuy it is my Cub 1951 the first tractor i was ever on I was sitting on it at five years old and started pulling on the levers and things to pull on and the next thing I knew I was under way, and the Old Man Came out of the house hit the switch on old smokie as I call her now and she Stoped,
Then the next thing I remember is Getting A Switch on My Ass, or we may call it a good old ass kicking, Now remember I'm 64 now and can't remember how it all went down back then, But I didn't get back on her for a Long Time,
She is still one good old tractor, she needs new rings and a valve job, and I would give it to her but my Kids don't wan't her so I don't think I will put any more money in to her, here is a few other pictures of some of my other junk,
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u3/DaveBentz/SickleMower004.jpg
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u3/DaveBentz/newtractor011.jpg
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u3/DaveBentz/BirdMan017.jpg

Toolguy
02-02-2011, 09:51 PM
Just to stay on topic - the lathe ought to be well worth $100. I would have been thrilled to get that one for a first lathe. Chief Ben - thanks for the show!:)

bonesmsd
02-03-2011, 12:25 PM
Thanks, everyone. I'm going to restore this thing, and try to gain some knowledge in the meantime.