View Full Version : Anyone need a Large Green lathe - in "good" condition?

04-18-2019, 04:20 PM

Photography and presentation skills commensurate with tool's condition

Dan Dubeau
04-18-2019, 04:49 PM
If only it were closer......

Actually I'm half arsed looking for a big lathe like that that I could setup out in the barn and drive with a 13hp gas honda..... (no big power out there, and no space for a big machine in the garage....) Something like that in that condition, and at that price I wouldn't feel too bad about bastardizing. It would at least keep it out of the scrap yard.

old mart
04-18-2019, 04:50 PM
It's a nice green, and the paint is preventing rusting. Over priced by a factor of ten IMO.

04-18-2019, 05:14 PM
Interesting... it's a John Bertram and Sons from Dundas, ON. Wonder how that ended up on the west coast? Sad to see it in such a state.

04-18-2019, 06:13 PM
It's a nice green, and the paint is preventing rusting. Over priced by a factor of ten IMO.

Yes, the green paint is a good thing. It's just too bad that the ways, the belt sheaves, and every other part that once moved wasn't painted green.

04-18-2019, 08:16 PM
some things belong in the scrap yard.

04-18-2019, 08:39 PM
It would be handy for driveshafts, crank polishing, miter cutting tubing, welding etc..

04-18-2019, 09:33 PM
I've got the twin to that in my shop, only mine still runs.
I used to use it just as 754 suggests. now the 5hp 3ph motor is my phase converter and the rest of it is a great big long shelf!!!


04-18-2019, 09:38 PM
Such is the state of prices out this way. He'll end up coming down somewhat from dickering over the price. But in the end I suspect that even this "scrap yard special" will net him someplace a little north or south of $400..... if he can find the right soul with the room for it.

As for the rust? Come on guys ! ! We've seen worse than this come back looking like a shiny new penny with some work.

It's clearly quite an oldie. The flat belt pulleys mark it as such. But not TOO old since it has a jackshaft setup with a multi V belt sheave for the motor. Perhaps an older overhead line drive model "updated" for the new fangled 'lectric motors? How long did flat belt drives to the head stock shaft go for before being replaced?

The open nature of the headstock drive with no covers also tends to set the date of birth to sometime in the first quarter of the 1900's too I suspect.

For someone wanting a farm shop lathe for basic work this could be a really nice fit if they don't mind the hours needed to clean things up and get it together.

04-18-2019, 10:11 PM
You know when You hear about a guy that welds on the lathe and grinds stuff in the lathe. . This is the right machine.
If you think its too much money price out a crank polishing lathe.

04-19-2019, 04:21 AM
The lathe is in mint condition and was run by an old lady on Sundays.

04-19-2019, 11:59 AM
Was I the only one who saw the subject line and thought this was going to involve a Grizzly product?


04-19-2019, 12:54 PM
where is the legs?

The Artful Bodger
04-19-2019, 04:40 PM
The legs are under the layshaft.

04-20-2019, 07:35 PM
It takes a tremendous amount of rust to kill these old tools. "Good" is a vague relative term. $500 is a starting point. I can see at least a thousand dollars worth of enjoyment in those parts.