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What To Do???

So here's the deal...

I have an older Powr-Kraft Lathe made my Montgomery Ward, which at the time was owned by Logan. It is in nearly perfect condition. All cast iron and very heavy. It runs on an external mounted motor and a 4-pulley system. It used the 5/8" Inserts like the Shopsmith. The swing is something like 11-1/2" and is 30" between centers. All I have for it is the 4-spur center and tail center (which seems to be stuck, I just haven't invested any time to un-stick it).

I also have a brand new Rikon with the extension... so i NEVER use the other lathe. I don't need the extra room, but it would be nice. I could just take it off the stand a store it too.

So now for the question...

What should I do with it? Leave it? Store it? Sell it? How much is this thing worth if I do sell it? I got it for free along with about 20 turning tools so I have no investment in it. I just can't decide what to do with it. At the very least I will probably store it to have the extra bench space.

Anyway, Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

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What should I do with it?
Send it to me so that I can put a dedicated Beal buffing system on it

If I had an extra one and nothing to do with it that I got for free, that is what I would do with it.

Just my 2 cents....

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There are so many people out there looking for used lathes that I think you could sell it pretty easily. It wouldn't bring much since it would be hard to find accessories but it might get someone started down the turning path to financial ruin. We all know once you get started turning you can't quit.
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We all know once you get started turning you can't quit.
Oh, boy is that every true !

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it might get someone started down the turning path to financial ruin.
This is just as true!!

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Send it to me so that I can put a dedicated Beal buffing system on it

If I had an extra one and nothing to do with it that I got for free, that is what I would do with it.

Just my 2 cents....
Can you get the system with the 5/8" insert?

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You could always turn into a disk sander if you don't already have one.

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Can you get the system with the 5/8" insert?
You can buy the arbor set or the mandrel set. According to woodcraft they do come in the 1/2" & 5/8" sized arbors.

Here is the information from the woodcraft site:
Give your next small project a spectacular finish quickly and easily with this set of three 8" diameter buffs, compounds, and a quick-change adapter. Whether you're polishing an oil finish on a box, buffing the scratches out of a turned bowl or platter, or finishing pen blanks, this system will leave a glass smooth surface on whatever you hold to it.
  • The secret to the system is that the dozens of soft cloth layers apply compound evenly without rounding over sharp features and edges
  • The wheel actually splays out slightly to conform to the shape being buffed
  • The all-flannel tripoli buff will level out the finish and remove any scratches
  • The flannel/cotton mix white diamond buff takes out any remaining small scratches and begins to polish
  • The all-cotton carnauba wax buff yields a high gloss polish, similar to a lacquer finish
  • Changing buffs takes seconds with the quick-change adapter; it adjusts to fit 1/2" or 5/8" motor arbor shafts (1/2 HP or larger, 1725 RPM motor recommended)
  • The optional #2 Morse Taper mandrel enables you to use the buffs on the lathe (you'll have to make a 1/4"-20 drawbar to hold it in place)
  • The compounds will last for years when used moderately
  • Not for use in a hand-held drill

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I have a old tube type craftsman lathe that I turned into a disc grinder,works great.

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