View Full Version : Lin Huan, David or Select lathe from the late 70's

08-22-2015, 01:56 AM
Small lathe from the 70's

I cut/pasted this from "third hand" but was told I may have better luck here.

I have a "Select" 8X16 lathe that was also sold under the names "David" and "Lin Huan", a cute little lathe.

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc225/partsproduction/IMG_1853.jpg (http://s214.photobucket.com/user/partsproduction/media/IMG_1853.jpg.html)

Name plate;

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc225/partsproduction/IMG_1854.jpg (http://s214.photobucket.com/user/partsproduction/media/IMG_1854.jpg.html)
Another view;

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc225/partsproduction/IMG_1855.jpg (http://s214.photobucket.com/user/partsproduction/media/IMG_1855.jpg.html)

I'm wondering if anyone else in the forum has one of these? I'd really love it if anyone has a manual they could run off in PDF form and send me, I'd pay for their trouble and time.
email me; partsproduction@centurylink.net

08-22-2015, 06:37 AM
Try looking here.

They have a manual section for some machines


Mike Amick
08-22-2015, 01:46 PM
The lathe looks pretty stout for it's size. Nice.

08-23-2015, 06:38 PM
Yes Mike, it's heavy, without the 45 pound legs (90 total) it is 275 lbs.

08-23-2015, 07:01 PM
Plus it looks like it has a very complete Norton QCGB.

Most of the cheap imports in that size have an almost nonexistent QCGB.

08-23-2015, 09:27 PM
Seems to have some South Bend genes in it. Is it Taiwanese?

08-23-2015, 10:24 PM
Yes- there were a couple of Taiwanese SB clones starting in the 70's. Earlier ones had a more SB style tailstock and apron. Later, they became more square like this one.


08-24-2015, 12:02 AM
I like it.
It looks stout for it's size.


08-24-2015, 12:53 AM
I like it.
It looks stout for it's size.



08-24-2015, 01:19 PM
...Is it Taiwanese?

Anything Asian of that vintage is almost certain to be Taiwanese. Even back then they were making some pretty decent stuff...long before the Chinese really got into it. They started out making copies/clones and then moved to hybrids like the one shown here. Eventually they started producing machines of their own design...

08-24-2015, 06:26 PM
I like it, looks like a nice machine for that size. Do you have anything you can put next to it for a size reference, I have a feeling that it is way smaller than the picture makes me thinks it is.