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post #1 of 5 Old 06-01-2009, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Did I just pick up a good $50 lathe?

I am getting into turning after a 20 year break (and I am 27) and I just picked up a $50 craftsman 12" swing (aprox 3' bed) 113.22800 series (without any tappers and missing a belt). Is this a fairly good model? It seems to turn nicely and the motor works well (quiet, smooth, shaft is centered w/ no wobles). The giant cylindrical bed is rather rusty but the tail moves ... ok on it. I will have to get the rust off and probably smooth it out.

So, Now I have to make a bench for it, probably buy a chuck, pick up some #1 MTs, and I am wondering if I should just give up and get a new PSI lathe and bypass all of this? Is this a good enough lathe that I have to just put in the work to have a really great machine?

Thanks for any help, stories, etc.
Likely I will be back for more as I learn.
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Looks like Sears still has a listing for it in the Parts Direct website.
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...kToLink=Return to Sub Components list
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Looks like Sears still has a listing for it in the Parts Direct website.
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...kToLink=Return to Sub Components list
Funny! I was looking all over sears. I guess that it was the "." that threw them off.

Have you ever used one or one similar?
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-02-2009, 08:28 AM
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Sounds reasonable. I paid $100 a little over a year ago for basically the same machine complete with table and the tapers. (It also had a belt but that quickly got replaced due to dry rot.)

The tube base isn't the best design as it is much harder to ensure alignment of the centers but overall not bad for a hobby machine.

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