View Full Version : I'm ready for my first lathe!!!
07-14-2004, 11:42 PM
I'm back, some of you may remember me from my last (and only) topic about 2-3 months ago. Well, I finally got a decent job and will have approx. $700 (maybe a little more) for a lathe by friday. I was wondering what everyone thought about this lathe I found on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3827281268 I emailed the seller about shipping, so hopefully I will know more by tomorrow. Your opinions are appreciated.
07-14-2004, 11:50 PM
It looks good, BUT, I think that it will go a lot higher before the bidding closes. Good luck, I hope that you get it.
Have a lot of teeth on the large gear been repaired??
07-15-2004, 12:53 AM
The pictures are a little blurry, but if you know where to look, I think I am seeing ridges on the ways indicating wear. I do see the scrape marks on the unused portions.
When you go to look at a South Bend in person, one of the things you look for is bed wear, move the carriage all way to headstock, turn the carriage lock until you just begin to feel very slight resistance, and hand crank the carriage towards the tailstock to indicate how much bed wear there is.
You also want to spin that spindle, feel how much friction there is, or if it is smooth.
Ofcourse you cannot do any of these things buying it online. I will not be surprised to see that lathe exceed 550$
My South bend was in pretty good condition, still had to put new shims and oilers in the headstock though.
07-15-2004, 07:55 AM
It does not look too bad. Ask for better pics of the bed near the headstock to get a better idea of the bed wear. i would not buy unless I had a good look at this area. Pictures in ad are vague, and it does look questionable.
Also get a model number. 22" is kind of short, but OK for most purposes.
One thing missing is the change gears, these can add appreciably to the cost of a lathe, and are a requirement if threading is intended.
07-15-2004, 09:10 AM
Don't be in such a hurry! You've waited this long. Take your time and get the best you can for your money.(Jeeze! I'm beguinning to sound like my dad)
07-15-2004, 08:46 PM
Well, I am a bit more hesitant now, first of all I really was looking for a 24" center to center, but 22" is ok. But the seller estimated freight to be $265, so it kind of depends on how high it gets before the bid ends. I'd like some suggestions though, anything you should think of that I should ask about before I bid. I also plan on calling a cousin who lives in Redlands, CA who works in a family owned machine shop if they know or could find anything for me. I just don't like not knowing how much it will cost me before I'm commited to buying it.
07-15-2004, 10:57 PM
Looks like a good lathe
07-16-2004, 12:37 AM
The freight can be a bear on a heavy piece of machinery. Cross country could cost more than the sale price. I watched auctions for over a year before I managed to win one for a lathe within driving range (7-8 hours). But even with the gas and a motel bill, it was cheaper and safer than having it shipped.
South Bend change gears and other accessories are constantly on sale on E-Bay. "Complete Sets" of the change gears are usually the bset value even if they aren't really complete. It is also possible to replace almost any other part as many such machines are constantly being "parted out".