View Full Version : craking lathe on ebay you must see

Alistair Hosie
03-22-2004, 10:14 PM
look at this lathe the owner says in the description it needs a
Motor,oh and also some
oh how I laughed http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gifAlistair
ebay number 3804696446

03-22-2004, 10:43 PM
Interesting item, an old turret lathe(I guess) with the turret on a horizontal axis. I dont think WD-40 is going to bring that one back! Below is the URL to go straight to the item. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3804696446

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Spin Doctor
03-22-2004, 10:45 PM
To quote the ebay ad, this is heavy man. And to think some idiot out there might actually bid on this. Not worth the price of the gas to move the damn thing

03-22-2004, 10:55 PM
Alistair,better hurry up man!Somebody might get in ahead of you,I mean after all its already up to $1.82!! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif And besides if you don't get started now who will unseat John from his title of Sir Packrats Alot http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Geez!I mean if he finds an open patch of concrete shes gone! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

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03-22-2004, 11:08 PM
The ad says "JUST BEEN DUG OUT OF NEIGHBOURS SHED" I think it should say just dug out from under neighbors shed http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


03-22-2004, 11:42 PM
I was thinking they salvaged it from a ship wreck.

03-22-2004, 11:43 PM
They were being polite, the correct term should be privy.

Neil Peters

03-23-2004, 12:16 AM
Actually, with the price of scrap being what it is these days....

Alistair Hosie
03-23-2004, 08:00 AM
Actually although we have pictures to see here, sometimes people bid(which I have never been able to understand to this day) without any photographic evidence.
Imagine you were relying on description alone. Thinking "Oh well just a motor and a little dab of the old WD eh" "just what I need" etc etc etc http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif seems like he could be in trouble. Alistair

J Tiers
03-23-2004, 09:56 AM
That's just a piece of iron ore.

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03-23-2004, 11:25 AM
...and there's No Reserve! Imagine that. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-23-2004, 12:45 PM
Oh, come on, just dunk it in a tub with a battery charger and it'll clean right up! Then some scotch-brite and a can of paint and you've got a newly rebuilt lathe!

John Stevenson
03-23-2004, 12:55 PM
Don't laugh.
The bidder is 30 to 40 miles away.
This thing weighs about 3/4 of a ton and heavy cast is £70 a ton and rising.
For all you know Luton could be on a sheduled run.

John S.

Alistair Hosie
03-23-2004, 02:22 PM
John I am surprised a man of your ingenuity could not make this into something useful say like a submarine http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif or an automated toilet roll holder http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Alistair ps any other ideas guys

03-23-2004, 04:26 PM
Turn it into a fountain. I don't think getting it wet would diminish it's value.... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif


03-24-2004, 02:43 PM
Anyone capable of building a Gingery lathe from scratch could probably tackle this one and make a usable tool for pocket change.

Good luck to who ever resurrects this poor abused tool. I would like to see the rebirth of it.

It looks like a boat anchor.


Alistair Hosie
03-24-2004, 08:45 PM
Spence this is a good and interesting point you make.
Is this really beyond repair?
I always tell my three sons, when something is regarded as scrap, or beyond repair,what is really meant is that it is beyond resonable economic repair.
I base this assesment on the fact that if something can be built in the first place, then it can always be repaired (but at a cost which may be uneconomic to carry out).
I would love to see this being taken back to the base and rebuilt up like new, or better thah new.
I have actually doen this on several old lathes and was amazed at the result with careful love and attention.
I however don't have the knowlwedge experience to tackle this enormous task (or these days even the strength).
So my question is out of love, and withoutany desire for economic gain, could this be done?
And if anyone had the time (as I do) would they take it on?I would love to hear from you guys on this Alistair

03-24-2004, 09:40 PM
I have seen automobiles restored when there was nothing left but a worn out lug nut, so with enough time and money, anything is possible.
I am afraid that even if it were to be restored, this would still be a bit of a turkey.

03-24-2004, 10:10 PM
Everything has a useful side to it. I think with a little work the base could be made into a parts washer.


03-24-2004, 11:53 PM
Late 1950's and early 60's, Railroads were scrapping state of the art Steam locomotives that were only 5 or so years old.