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FLarche
10-03-2014, 11:05 AM
I have an Atlas lathe(TH42) and I would like to have a taper attachment for it. I saw some new mades for 300$:

http://www.mymachineshop.net/product_p/10061.htm

But I would prefer having an original one like this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-ATLAS-CRAFTSMAN-LATHE-700-TOOLROOM-TAPER-ATTACHMENT-COMPLETE-INSTRUCTIONS-/161430280734?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2595fe9a1e

Is it really worth this price on the market at the moment?

I never used a taper attachment and I wonder if there is a big difference between those two types? I guess the new one will be less rigid? But does it really make a difference for an Atlas lathe? I take light cuts anyway since the lathe itself is not very rigid. And I think the original one (No. 700) have a maximum travel of 6 1/2''. Does someone knows the maximum travel of the new ones?

So if some of you have an opinion on the subject I would be happy to know it:)

Thanks!

KJ1I
10-03-2014, 11:40 AM
When I bought my Atlas a year (year and a half?) ago, three of the original taper attachments sold on eBay for between $225 and $250. I didn't buy one since I don't have a project that "needs" one yet and there are so many other tools to get!

FLarche
10-04-2014, 11:26 AM
Thanks for the information. I would be willing to pay $250 for an original taper attachment, even $300 in a heartbeat. But I think $500 is a lot of money for this. Few weeks ago, I missed one for 125$. It was a No.700 like the one on ebay. The seller refused to ship it, local pick-up only... So frustrating!