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    I acquired a craftsman model 109 lathe. It has been completely striped down to the casting for cleaning and to replace the bent spindle. I want to do a full rebuild to it. If possible I'd like to see some pictures of other members model 109's and if anyone knows of a place to find replacement parts please let me know.

  • #2
    Hello,

    You can find just about anything for your lathe on E-bay. If I can figure out how to post a picture of mine I will. It's in the family room on display. My first lathe when I was growing up.

    Brian
    Toolznthings

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    • #3
      Homeshopsupply has a decent if expensive selection of parts for the 109

      http://www.homeshopsupply.com/parts.html

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      • #4
        There are a couple 109 groups on Yahoo groups.
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AA_109...guid=248101580
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/atlas_...guid=248101580
        The guy that runs one of the groups also owns the homeshopsupply web site.
        Mike
        Brandon MI
        2003 MINI Cooper S JCW#249
        1971 Opel GT
        1985 Ford 3910LP

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        • #5
          Ok Your intention is made clear..... and you can do what you want.

          I will offer one thought...... Since FAR better machines are available, often for not much more than you may have paid for that, you should consider whether or not you really want to spend time and effort on it. You may want to send it on it's way elsewhere to some other person.

          There are a number of very good and valid reasons why that machine is, if not totally "worthless", certainly a whole lot less useful than an Atlas 6", or any of a number of other low cost machines of similar size, including the various "minilathes" of the "7 x 12" size etc.

          It's your choice. I owned a 109 at one point, so I'm not just a snob.
          1601

          Keep eye on ball.
          Hashim Khan

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          • #6
            Ebay is full of parts.
            http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...=p3286.c0.m359

            Yeah, the Dunlap lathes are pretty low on the pole. They were even cheaper than the Atlas series Sears marketed under the Craftsman badge.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CCWKen
              Yeah, the Dunlap lathes are pretty low on the pole. They were even cheaper than the Atlas series Sears marketed under the Craftsman badge.
              My 109.20630 was badged "Craftsman"............
              1601

              Keep eye on ball.
              Hashim Khan

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              • #8
                My model is the Atlas/Craftsman 109.21270. I looked at Home Shop Supply and contacted him about the apron (missing at that time). Now that I am ready to restore it I found out that he is unfortunately closing the shop.
                As far as it being a not so capable machine, I have 2 Sherlines to do small work and a big South Bend for the large projects. The lathe was given to me as a gift to restore along with a little Adept lathe which I know nothing about.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chris165
                  My model is the Atlas/Craftsman 109.21270.
                  Ixnay on the Atlas part...... Craftsman it might be.

                  Atlas was vendor 101, AA was vendor 109, hence the "109" in the model number.

                  The little "Adept" is about the same quality of machine....

                  One issue with the 109 is the crossfeed, no dial, and a feed of 41.66666 thou per turn, so a dial is pretty unlikely to be very useful. Screw is 24 tpi.... When they could have used 20 tpi, and permitted dials, one wonders why they did not.
                  1601

                  Keep eye on ball.
                  Hashim Khan

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by J Tiers
                    The little "Adept" is about the same quality of machine....

                    The Adept lathe was in a class all of its own... quite unlike any other, except for a handful of makes that were damn near clones of the Adept.

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                    • #11
                      Chris, your little Adept lathe. Whatever you do do not try to take slack out of the spindle bearings by tightening those inviting looking screws. If you do there will be a sickening 'click' and the head stock casting will crack.

                      (No, I did not break mine, but I was well warned in time. )

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by The Artful Bodger
                        Chris, your little Adept lathe. Whatever you do do not try to take slack out of the spindle bearings by tightening those inviting looking screws. If you do there will be a sickening 'click' and the head stock casting will crack.

                        (No, I did not break mine, but I was well warned in time. )
                        Thanks for the warning. Lucky for me the person the previous owner received the lathe from had it stripped down and powdercoated so I don't have to do anything to it but dust it off. I most likely will not use it because it is too nice of a machine. I want to put a sewing machine motor behind it and mount them both on a nice wood board to put on display.

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                        • #13
                          I agree with JTiers completely.

                          The ubiquitous 9x20 would be far more lathe and would be superior by any measure out of the box.

                          I resurrected (not restored) a wreck and I can tell you it's a lot of work and expense.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by The Artful Bodger
                            The Adept lathe was in a class all of its own... quite unlike any other, except for a handful of makes that were damn near clones of the Adept.
                            Oh, I didn't say it was the SAME.....

                            But...

                            Both are "bare bones" cheap machines.

                            Both have plain spindle bearings of which some at least are non-adjustable. (Rear spindle bearing on 109 is a fixed sleeve)

                            Both apparently lack calibrations on ANY feeds.

                            Both seem to have non-standard feed screws (12 TPI??) with fractional amounts left over per turn. The 109 does, anyway (24tpi crossfeed).

                            Both have limited speed range with step pulley. Some 109 have a back gear for double the number of speeds, but not all do.

                            Some 109 machines have a driven leadscrew and will screwcut, which the Adept won't, but apparently an adapter or modification to the Adept could provide that.

                            All that said, I would class the "Adept" as a "more honest" machine.... it seems to promise nothing past what it can do. The 109 has an irritating pretense to being more lathe than it is.

                            All in all it really doesn't matter.
                            1601

                            Keep eye on ball.
                            Hashim Khan

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                            • #15
                              The standard Adept did not even have a lead screw but the biggest difference would be that it takes two hands to comfortably carry your 109 to the kitchen table.

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