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  • craigslist trash-or-treasure: Monarch lathe $650

    Monarch lathe
    Another useless pic here
    5% less useless pic
    Dude, put them all in one ad!


    North Vernon, IN

    No affiliation, yadda
    Last edited by Tony Ennis; 12-22-2010, 10:37 AM.

  • #2
    Looks like it has an overhead belt drive to run the "3-draw chuck".
    Mike
    WI/IL border, USA

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    • #3
      Must be an eBay'r that was banned from eBay, only say that because the pictures hide the important parts.

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      • #4
        All depends on the condition of the ways. Good shape = treasure, worn = trash.

        A lathe that old, 99.99% chance it's got a lot of wear, even with a hard bed...
        "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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        • #5
          Any lathe is better than no lathe at all.

          I once worked in a place than had an old flat belt lathe build like an army tank it worked but it was a pain in the ass. It took me twice as long to make a part than it would have on a better lathe.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lazlo
            All depends on the condition of the ways. Good shape = treasure, worn = trash.

            A lathe that old, 99.99% chance it's got a lot of wear, even with a hard bed...
            I still think there's a case for regrinidng, scraping etc but its got to be for the the right lathe...even if you pay someone else what you end up with is arguably better for the $$'s so worn doesn't necessarily mean trash imo...but that's not a 10ee.

            otoh if its some cone head behemoth from the days of carbon steel cutters with a 300 rpm max weighing several tons, then yeah, its hard to say they're worth more than scrap.....or it could be one of these http://www.chaski-test.com/pictures/11678-Monarch16.jpg which would be in between the two and would do any shop that could fit it proud

            I would like to nominate this ad for a machine tool marketing award. It's just so informative and showcases the product so well I had to speak up
            in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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            • #7
              I would keep looking. Not worth rebuilding. It would be if it was a newer gear head but this is an old plain bearing cone head.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mcgyver
                ....or it could be one of these http://www.chaski-test.com/pictures/11678-Monarch16.jpg which would be in between the two and would do any shop that could fit it proud
                Wow, that sure is nice looking. Looks to belong in a museum. It would almost be a shame to get oil and chips all over it!

                It's too bad that manufacturers generally do not strive to put that sort of style and flair into things so much anymore. A machine like that LOOKS like something you'd be proud to own. I know they were built to work, but still...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gary350
                  Any lathe is better than no lathe at all.

                  True Dat!


                  Rex

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