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  • Antique Lathe ID

    Hi all. I just purchased the lathe pictured from a fellow who found it inside a boarded up shop he purchased. He didn't know anything about it, but everything spins, so I figure with a good deal of cleaning, I can have a pretty good lathe to learn with. Before I can buy anything for it, though, (taper attach., change gears, follow/steady rests, etc) I will need to have some identification. As I'm cleaning it (it's a slow process as I'm a student at university and can't commit a lot of time each day to this) some stamps in the castings are starting to show through. The headstock has M106 stamped in, and the tailstock is marked with M131. The chuck is a Cushman 4 jaw self-centering chuck, 4.25" in diameter. The bed is 40" long, 4.25" wide, and it has about a 10" swing (I took that measurement after it was disassembled, so it's just a guess, but it's close!) I assume after cleaning off the old grease from the bed, I'll discover a serial stamped in somewhere, but I haven't been able to get to that yet. If you guys have any ideas, let me know!

    Images are in my Google drive, link is https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz...zFBd05KcHB0d1U

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    The headstock looks like a Barnes to me, but the cross-slide doesn't look familiar. I've seen Senecas that look similar to Barnes.

    Take a look at this site: http://lathes.co.uk/
    Last edited by Forestgnome; 10-05-2016, 02:48 PM.

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    • #3
      It is a Barnes, probably a 4 1/2. http://www.lathes.co.uk/barnes/index.html

      allan

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      • #4
        [QUOTE=dvanny;1072882] As I'm cleaning it (it's a slow process as I'm a student at university and can't commit a lot of time each day to this) some stamps in the castings are starting to show through.
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        Nice find. It is a Barnes, offered with treadle drive as well, I believe. I like electrolysis for fast cleaning of these old pieces. Other than disassembly and setting up a suitable container for water and washing soda and sacrificial metal, the only effort is a scrubbing with steel wool under running water to clean all that rust up. Should be a fun project. Keep us informed.

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