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We have the exact same lathe in the shop at work. No one uses it. Ive been dieing to play with it but its not hooked up to power. Its definately an older machine but I highly doubt it was ever steam powered. The one we have at work has the exact same motor/pully/belt contraption as your pic. Its definately a very cool machine!!
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