View Full Version : Is this lathe worth buying???

06-17-2012, 01:50 PM
I can probably buy this lathe for next to nothing. Question is if it's worth buying??? I don't know if it even runs or how good shape the bed is in. The gap between the headstock & tailstock is about 4 feet with about 12 in crossways. ( I didn't have very long to look at it as I was asked if I wanted it on our way out the door after looking at a surface grinder.)




If nothing else should I buy it just for spare parts???

This is my first time posting photos I'm not sure i did it right.

06-17-2012, 02:02 PM
Spare parts for what? But for "next to nothing" I'd buy it in hearbeat.

What's the top speed -hiding behind the upper lever? Is the spindle a D1-x or some wacky DIN short taper?

It is European so likely decent quality when new, but it's old so spares (if you even need them) will be a problem, so look at it carefully before buying (unless it's "next to nothing").

06-17-2012, 02:03 PM
I can probably buy this lathe for next to nothing.
If nothing else should I buy it just for spare parts???

What, spare parts in case you buy another like it?


06-17-2012, 02:11 PM
It all depends on how much, condition, & how well it works. If it is free than take it.

06-17-2012, 02:20 PM
Spare parts as in it sits in a corner covered with other "spare parts" in case I might be able to use something off it to cobble something else together.

06-17-2012, 02:31 PM
What are you waiting for? Grab it before someone else does. If it doesn't work so what. Looks like a D1-3 spindle nose. Where is it if you don't want it? Peter
After a second look it's a lot larger than I first guessed. Haul it home NOW.

06-17-2012, 02:32 PM
It may be a diamond in the rough! If it's free or cheap I'd take it.

06-17-2012, 02:39 PM
Asking this bunch should you by a lathe for next to nothing is like asking the gang at "Cheers" who want's a free beer! :D

06-17-2012, 02:44 PM
Get it cheap, take it home and clean it up.
Repair what's needed, and get her running again.
If all else fails, rent a trailer and haul it to the scrap yard and sell it.

06-17-2012, 02:52 PM
sure looks likes like a solid machine.....imo it is ALWAYS a question of condition. The cheaper it is the easier it is to take a flyer....go for it

06-17-2012, 03:11 PM
Anyone else notice the sharpie "cross feed dial: each mark 0.002"" :p Used to work in a shop where I'd switch between an English made Harrison lathe and a Cincinnati TrayTop. Had the damndest time remembering which one measured radius and which one measured diameter.

Anyway, I'll play the devils advocate. I say it depends mostly on condition and whether or not you like the machine. Even if it is free, you still have to deal with the hassle of loading, transporting and unloading it. Then you have to find a place for it - back when I was running my shop at my BIL's place, I would have lept on it because I had tons of space and machinery that could toss machine tools around like they were toys. Made everything easy ... but now that I have to shoe-horn one of my mills in a walkout basement, I'm starting to think that I need to be more discriminating on the machines I buy. If you think you can restore it and use it or if you really like it for it's style or history or etc, then go for it. If you are only thinking about buying it because you can get it for scrap value ... well I say you may want to pass.

06-17-2012, 06:22 PM
Give it a good look over and try to figure out exactly why the cover is off of the headstock. Then depending on where the price is from scrap value decide if it is within you abilities to move and repair.
Beyond that you are getting advice from addicts.:D

Looks to be a very solid machine if the internals are as heavy as the main castings.

06-17-2012, 06:47 PM
It's an interesting way to make a gap bed - two sets of ways.

Mike Amick
06-17-2012, 07:16 PM
Is that unusual that the ways .. that the tailstock are sitting on .. do not
go all the way to the head stock .. I have never seen that before. Or am
I looking at it wrong ?

sorry DP .. didn't see your post .. pretty much answered my questions . ..

06-17-2012, 08:32 PM
Looks like it has a nice tool post.

06-17-2012, 08:51 PM
Spanish, at least one model manual available (lathes UK), appears to still be in business, drilling machines

Edit: yes, condition and how complete?

06-17-2012, 09:53 PM
Looks like a Graziano clone (apron, stacked ways, gearbox layout). There is a small chance Graz parts might interchange. According to the history on Foradia website, only made lathes from 1959-1969? I'd buy it if it was cheap, and I had an easy way to move it.